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Old Health and Medicine Articles from 2007 and Before

“Darling, A Prostitute Saved My Life!”

What a way to leave this planet! A recent report reveals that an elderly pensioner, having taken an erectile dysfunction drug (ED), died in a brothel in Lugano, Switzerland, after a night with a prostitute. This is great promotion for the makers of ED drugs. But not so good if their effectiveness puts your name in the obituary column!

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Friday, March 12, 2010 - Full Story

Health Canada approves first recombinant human thrombin surgical hemostatic solution

Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals announced today that RECOTHROM(R) (Thrombin alfa (Recombinant)), the first recombinant, plasma-free thrombin approved by Health Canada, is now available for use as a topical hemostatic solution. According to a recent clinical study, RECOTHROM(R) was found to successfully stop 80 per cent of surgical bleeding within three minutes and 95 per cent of bleeding within 10 minutes(1).

By Guest Column - Monday, March 1, 2010 - Full Story

Former President Clinton’s Restenosis

Five years ago I wrote in this column, “Former President Clinton has joined 400,000 Americans who required coronary bypass surgery in the last year”. Clinton had high blood cholesterol and took cholesterol-lowering drugs (CLDs). But in spite of these drugs, along with superb medical care, they failed to prevent a blocked artery. Again, recently, the insertion of two stents (tiny structures like scaffolding) were required to reopen one coronary artery after he experienced chest pain.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, March 1, 2010 - Full Story

Should Women Who Deliver FAS Children Be Sterilized?

Destroying yourself with alcohol is one thing. Destroying an innocent fetus by excessive use of alcohol is maternal madness. Yet every year alcohol-riddled babies are born in this country suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, February 22, 2010 - Full Story

“The Doctors Didn’t Even Examine Me!”

“Time To End Pelvic Examinations Done Without Consent” was a recent headline in one of Canada’s national newspapers. But there should be another headline, “Why Are So Many Tests Being Done Without an Examination?”

Dr. Sara Wainberg reports in The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology that pelvic examinations are being done by students without the patient’s permission. They were performed after patients were anesthetized prior to hysterectomy or other pelvic procedures. This gynecological learning process has been utilized for years in teaching hospitals without newspaper headlines.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Thursday, February 18, 2010 - Full Story

Cardiologists Say This Research is “Hog Wash”

What are the pleasures and frustrations of writing a medical column? The best reward is the response from readers whose health has been helped by a column. The greatest frustration is when a new medical topic triggers a negative response from doctors. But who provide no scientific explanation for their opinion.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, February 7, 2010 - Full Story

Excess Salt; It’s like a Commuter Jet Crashing Every Day

Suppose you were given this choice, early death from heart attack or stroke, or decreasing the amount of salt in your diet. It would be an easy decision for most people. But decreasing the amount of salt is easier said than done. Today, most packaged foods are loaded with salt. This situation won’t change as long as companies believe consumers are dumb bunnies and can’t read labels.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Saturday, February 6, 2010 - Full Story

Health Canada approves tadalafil to help patients with serious, life-threatening lung disease

Adcirca(TM) (tadalafil) is now available in Canada for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Adcirca represents an important new and convenient option for the estimated 2,000 to 10,000 Canadians with this rare but progressive and serious disorder. Characterized by an elevation of pressure in the pulmonary (lung) arteries, PAH can lead to shortness of breath, fatigue, heart failure and often leads to death within four years of diagnosis.(1)

By Guest Column - Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - Full Story

Sorry, Uncle Sam, I Refuse To Be Ionized

“Don’t even think of agreeing to it”, I recently said to a friend who is a frequent flyer to the U.S.  I was referring to the recent announcement that Canadians travelling to our friendly neighbour will be subjected to full body scans. It’s the latest attempt to ensure aviation safety, but how safe is this ionizing procedure to the passenger?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, January 24, 2010 - Full Story

Got The Winter Blues? Buy a Cat

What happens when days get shorter, colder and the summer sun is gone? Some people slump into “the winter blues”. But 11 million North Americans take a severe nosedive into “seasonal affective disorder” (SAD). So if you’ve started to feel tired, don’t want to get out of bed, or even see friends, here’s Rx 101 to shake the SAD.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, January 17, 2010 - Full Story