TOPIC: HEALTH HACKS
Healthcare Hacks #172: How to improve your ER hospital stay
On this week's health hack, healthcare columnist Mary Jane Hampton columnist looks at a new survey from the Canadian Institute for Health Information about how patients experience staying in the hospital, and shares skills to ensure a better ER experience.
Healthcare Hacks #156: catching up with health concerns post-COVID
Mary Jane Hampton is back with her health hacks - this week, she's talking about getting on top of all the health issues we may have neglected during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how to navigate a frazzled and complicated healthcare system
Healthcare Hacks #155: Analysis of Houston's plan to fix healthcare
Nova Scotia's government has released its blueprint to improve healthcare across the province. Opposition critics call the 31-page document 'vague' and 'sparse.' On health hacks this week, columnist Mary Jane Hampton shares her assessment of the plan.
Healthcare Hacks #152: Shining a light on hospital housekeeping services
Columnist Mary Jane Hampton continues to look at unsung heroes of the healthcare system. In this week's healthcare hacks, she shines a light on the important role that housekeeping services plays in our medical care system.
Healthcare Hacks #151: Reducing the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria
In this week's healthcare hacks, columnist Mary Jane Hampton looks at what's behind the rise of antimicrobial resistant bacteria, and what we can do to reduce the problem.
How to get your kids used to wearing masks
Worried about getting your child used to wearing a mask? Health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton has some advice.
Tips for making sense of a pathology report
A Nova Scotia health-care consultant says an online resource developed in Ontario could help patients in this province better understand sensitive medical information.
3 ways to protect yourself from a medication mistake at the hospital
When you're given medication at the hospital, always ask the nurse to repeat what it's called and why you need it. That's the best way to avoid a mistake that could make you sicker, says Information Morning's health-care columnist Mary Jane Hampton.
What you can do to support caregivers this Christmas
Taking care of a loved one who's sick can be all-consuming, and it often means caregivers forget about themselves, says health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton. She's encouraging people to take care of the people in their lives who take care of others.
'We may be wise to cut men some slack': Why the man flu isn't a myth
In this week's health hack, Mary Jane Hampton explains why it's time to cut the men in your life some slack.
How to navigate a health system 'riddled' with gender biases
A Nova Scotia health-care consultant says the medical community's failure to recognize heart attacks in women is part of a much bigger problem with gender bias in the health-care system.
'You can't deny the science': Why all Nova Scotians should get vaccinations
Now that Nova Scotia has joined the rest of Canada in offering a free rotavirus vaccine to all newborns, it's a good opportunity for adults to ensure they're also up-to-date with immunizations, says health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton.
Why you should ask health providers if they've had their flu shot yet
With just 40 per cent of health providers opting for the shot, the question might be the best way to protect more people from the dreaded flu.
Family doctors alone will not meet the health needs of Nova Scotians
Premier Stephen McNeil's assurance that every Nova Scotian would have a family doctor was likely an "empty promise," says health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton.
How to get the health care you want if you don't have a family doctor
Worried about how to get a referral to a specialist? Walk-in clinics can help those without a family doctor, says health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton.
Kicking nicotine can increase your odds of surviving cancer
Nicotine is incredibly addictive, and even if you know it’s killing you, quitting isn’t easy. But if you’re undergoing any sort of treatment for cancer, Halifax health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton says getting off nicotine can only help your chances of survival.
Getting the best bang for your buck when it comes to prescription drugs
Halifax health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton shares her tips about how to afford expensive prescription drugs.
What you should know about accessing prescription drugs in Nova Scotia
Under the Canada Health Act, anything considered medically necessary and provided by a physician in the hospital is typically covered. But when it comes to prescription drugs, it’s up to the province to include in its provincial insurance program.
Paging Dr. Fluffy — here's how a pet can help keep you healthy
Pet ownership comes with a range of benefits at all stages of life, from decreased frequency of allergies to higher levels of physical activity and improved mental health.
Why Nova Scotia should look to the U.K. for its sick-note policies
A Halifax health-care consultant says there needs to be a culture shift around the use of sick notes in Nova Scotia, and a good model can already be found in the United Kingdom.
How a trip to the doctor's office can make you sicker
Waiting rooms and doctors’ offices can be a hotbed for all sorts of nasty bacteria. But a Halifax health-care consultant says you can avoid getting sick if you’re careful.
Can't recall what your doctor told you? There's an app for that
Information overload makes it tough to remember important details of a doctor's visit. An app developed in Alberta can help you keep track of everything we hear from medical professionals.
Making sure your medical wishes are followed if you become incapacitated
Advance directives can provide a way for patients to ensure their wishes are followed when they can’t speak for themselves, according to health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton.
What a health-care consultant learned as a caregiver for her mother
During her mother’s terminal illness, health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton was a caregiver. The experience taught her a lot about the “invisible” role of caregivers.
Ending the stigma around medically assisted death
Health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton says assisted dying laws aren't perfect, but they helped her mother die on her own terms.