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University of Alberta

Life-or-death decisions fall on the shoulders of health professionals every day. Topics like informed consent, divergent religious beliefs and …

Biomedical Engineer Says Her New Smart Socks Can Save The Lives And Limbs Of Diabetics

Few 1980s moviegoers could forget Marty McFly’s shoes in <i>Back to the Future II</i>, the sequel to the 1985 film <i>Back to the Future.</i> In the film, Michael J. Fox as McFly sports a pair of self-lacing, light-up Nikes so coveted that the shoe giant spent years on the concept and in 2016 released the Nike …

How I reversed my midlife type 2 diabetes

Have you heard the one about the fat bloke in his early 50s who walked into his doctor’s and got told he had Type 2 diabetes? No? Neither had I, until it happened to me last year.<p>I’d only had the blood test as part of a routine patient screening after moving to a different area and registering at a …

Innovative health-care programs exist – and work

One of the most frustrating traits of the Canadian health-care system is its failure to recognize and embrace success.<p>Believe it or not, there is a lot of innovation in health care.<p>Yet, it gets lost in the endless stream of complaints, ranging from the price of hospital parking to lack of …

Health Care

What you should know about morbid obesity

Obesity is an ever-growing health problem. As the number of overweight and obese Americans rises so does the number who are severely or morbidly …

Diabetes

Minimal carbs, lots of fat, incredible dieting results – but not enough science

To some, the word 'fat' conjures up a heart attack; to others, it may be the key to healthy living. The question is among the most important and controversial in all of medicine: Can a diet that has bacon at its centre, and shuns whole grains, actually be the key to a healthy waistline? Journalist …

This Extreme Diet Reversed Type 2 Diabetes in Up to 86% of Patients

Incredible.<p>Type 2 diabetes isn't necessarily for life, with a 2017 clinical trial providing some of the clearest evidence yet that the condition can …

The truth about fat and sugar is finally explained

This morning, as I do most days, I breakfasted on a three egg omelette cooked in coconut oil, with a whole milk coffee. I enjoyed a wedge of full fat …

Odds Are, They're Taking Your Blood Pressure All Wrong

When was the last time you were asked to sit without saying a word for five minutes before your blood pressure was measured? If your answer was "I never remember doing that," you're in good company.<p>Yet that is one of the many rules that medical professionals are supposed to follow when measuring …

Health

Don't let shingles get you the way it got me

Shingles tried to kill me. Like an insidious invading army, the virus that more commonly causes chickenpox in children attacked the right side of my head, leaving me permanently deaf in my right ear. Shingles almost destroyed my voice box, too, and it caused my right eyelid and lower lip to …

How to Lower Your Blood Pressure

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have released new treatment guidelines that sharply lower the threshold for high blood pressure, also called hypertension. As a result, tens of millions of Americans now qualify for the diagnosis.<p>The new guidelines have raised a …

High Blood Pressure

Could Your Heartburn Turn Into Oesophageal Cancer?

<i>By Ashley Mateo; Photograph by Dragana Gordic/Freepik</i><p><b>Persistent acid reflux can set off a chain reaction in your body with dire effects.</b><p>Almost …

Cancer drug shows unexpected fat-melting side effects

A drug developed originally to treat breast cancer and diabetes has been found to offer an unexpected and beneficial side effect. Scientists have …

Mediterranean Diet May Reduce Need for Reflux Medication

Researchers say reflux patients on plant-based diets fared better than others who ate different types of food.<p>There are numerous drugs available on …

More People Need To Know That Type 2 Diabetes Can Be Reversed, Say Experts

Evidence shows weight loss of around 15kg can reverse it.<p>Not enough people know that Type 2 diabetes may be reversed through weight loss, experts …

Diets full of fat from meat, cheese and milk are much better for you, study finds

Slashing dietary saturated fat is not recommended for good health and can even shorten your life, an international study has shown.<p>Scientists who …

Low-fat diet could kill you, major study shows

Low-fat diets could raise the risk of early death by almost one quarter, a major study has found.<p>The Lancet study of 135,000 adults found those who cut back on fats had far shorter lives than those enjoying plenty of butter, cheese and meats.<p>Researchers said the study was at odds with repeated …

Doctor's Diary: blood tests can mislead in treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency and hypothyroidism

Blood tests being cheap and reliable are indispensable for a correct diagnosis in many situations. But two of the most commonly performed can be misleading, resulting in people either being treated for a condition they do not have or, conversely, not being treated for one they do. Understandably, …

Belly Fat: 12 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight

Getting rid of your belly bulge is important for more than just vanity's sake. Excess abdominal fat-particularly visceral fat, the kind that …

Genes can push you toward obesity, but there are things you can do to prevent that

By Marlene Cimons<p>The role of genes in obesity is one of science’s great puzzles, even though researchers have learned much in recent years. They have identified dozens of genetic variants that increase the risk but are still untangling how these genes interact with other factors to help make us fat.<p>…

6 Ways to Control Your Blood Sugar Levels to Prevent Diabetes and Cancer

Sure, having out-of-whack blood sugar raises your risk of diabetes. But did you know it can also raise your risk of cancer 24 percent by fueling the …

Exercise Routine for Men Over 60 | Chron.com

An exercise routine for men over 60 does not have to be so different from one for younger men. The biggest distinction is that intensity, frequency …

Exercise

Joe Biden just brought the debate over medical records into the limelight

Millions of people don't have access to their medical records. A recent exchange between former Vice President Joe Biden and the CEO of one of the …

Why You Need Informed Consent

A fter seeing an ear, nose, and throat doctor for ear pain and congestion, my 21-year-old son was told to come back 2 hours later for “some …

12 Times to Try Lifestyle Changes Before Medication

Americans often rush—or get rushed—into taking drugs too quickly.<p>Sometimes doctors prescribe them for problems—back pain, heartburn, and insomnia, …

Chronic fatigue syndrome could be an inflammatory condition, say scientists

But other experts aren't so sure<p>Millions of people all over the world suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome – a debilitating disorder that makes it …

How One Man's Mutant DNA May Help End the Deadly Opioid Crisis

Science<p>Scientists say studying people like Steven Pete, who has a rare disorder that renders him insensitive to pain, may lead to nonaddictive painkillers.<p>All sorts of strategies have been offered up as ways to stem the nation's opioid crisis, from new drug warning labels to new laws aimed at …

Amazon has a secret health tech team called 1492 working on medical records, virtual doc visits

Amazon has started a secret skunkworks lab dedicated to opportunities in health care, including new areas such as electronic medical records and …

Amazon is showing interest in health care, and it's making industry players 'nervous,' says investor

Amazon is sending all kinds of signals that it's interested in the health-care industry.<p>CNBC reported in May that the company was on the hunt for a …

One-Third of Cases of Dementia May Be Due to Lifestyle

Rising rates of dementia have frustrated medical experts for years, but a new report suggests that adopting certain lifestyle changes could prevent …