GRAND PARENTS AS PARENTS

by drnieman on June 7, 2016

in Weekly

One of the pleasures of being a pediatrician is to be inspired by the way some parents raise their children. But what happens when there are no parents to raise children? The portrait of the North American family is changing dramatically and skip-generation families are becoming increasingly common. A skip-generation family is one where grandparents […]




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KIDS RUNNING MARATHONS

by drnieman June 7, 2016 Monthly

Almost one year ago at the San Francisco marathon start I had the opportunity to briefly visit with a fellow runner who was going to run his first marathon. He was 15 years old and his proud father was going to run the hilly 42.2 kilometers with his son. A few years prior to that, […]




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Young Children and Advertising

by jybanez April 11, 2016 Child

It has been said that we are students and teachers to each other. Not so long ago a Grade 8 student, who is a patient of mine, taught me a fascinating lesson. Will, a student at the Red Deer Lake School, participated in a science fair and his curious mind raised the question of how […]




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FAMILIES WHO REFUSE VACCINES

by drnieman December 19, 2015 News

An increasing number of families in North America are concerned about vaccine safety and this controversial issue occasionally may lead to some families refusing vaccines altogether. This trend has led the State of California to mandate vaccinations this past year. Pediatric organizations considered this a major step in the right direction, arguing that no child […]




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CLIMATE CHANGE AND CHILDREN’S HEALTH

by drnieman December 18, 2015 Monthly

A landmark article in a 2009 copy of The Lancet by the University College London Commission on Climate Change concluded that “Climate Change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.” Six years later, the controversial topic continues to inflame both sides of the debate—some friends have turned into foes; there are even […]




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VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTATION

by drnieman October 6, 2015 Monthly

In 2008 the American Academy of Pediatrics held a press conference in Boston explaining why an expert committee advising the AAP suggested that babies who breastfeed be given 400 IU daily of Vitamin D3. Since then some jurisdictions in North America increased the supplementation given to babies from 400 IU to 800 IU per day. […]




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MINDFULNESS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

by drnieman September 10, 2015 Monthly

Talk to any veteran teacher or pediatrician and ask them what single shift in their work over the past two or three decades predominates. The odds are high that they will admit that children and youth are experiencing a dramatic increase of medical conditions which previously were only seen in adults. To see diabetes in […]




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ANTIBIOTICS and GUT FLORA

by drnieman August 6, 2015 Weekly

Around 1983 some North American doctors scoffed at their peers in Holland, who at that time did not treat all childhood middle ear infections with antibiotics. I specifically remember attending an Infectious Disease meeting where a well-respected professor from Dallas painted a grim picture of what can happen when ear infections are left untreated. In […]




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WHEN WEIGHT LOSS HITS A WALL

by drnieman August 6, 2015 Monthly

Many families who struggle with losing weight get to a point where they feel stuck; whatever they have heard before does not work anymore. They walk their dog, park the car far from the mall’s entrance, take the stairs, eat out less often and avoid buying sodas from vending machines. And despite their best efforts, […]




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WHEN WEIGHT LOSS HITS A WALL

by drnieman July 2, 2015 Monthly

Many families who struggle with losing weight get to a point where they feel stuck; whatever they have heard before does not work anymore. They walk their dog, park the car far from the mall’s entrance, take the stairs, eat out less often and avoid buying sodas from vending machines. And despite their best efforts, […]




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