by drnieman on February 2, 2018

in Monthly

THE FIRST 1,000 DAYS A few years ago I found myself in a huge ballroom of a hotel just outside Chicago. It was at a special meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that I discovered the AAP’s agenda of prioritizing early brain development. The discussions centered on toxic stress (bathing the fetal brain, […]

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by drnieman January 10, 2018 Monthly

Childhood development can be a time of both excitement and stress. On the one hand it is exciting for parents to document their baby’s progress. Who will forget that first smile or who will delete the video taken when a child took his or her first step? But what if the folks notice that the […]

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by drnieman January 5, 2018 Monthly

Not so long ago I had the opportunity to do a talk at a local high school. They asked me to talk about resilience, and although the main theme revolved around stressed teens, at some point during the question and answer part, the issue of children’s temperaments came up. One of the experts in the […]

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by drnieman May 9, 2017 Monthly

The exact percentage of children who are raised on a vegan diet is uncertain. Some estimates claim as many as one in 40 adults are vegan. This means that they are very likely, but not absolutely certain, to use a vegan diet in their homes to feed all family members. The interest in going vegan […]

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by drnieman April 27, 2017 Monthly

Each year close to 11,000 children between the ages of 0 and 14 years receive a cancer diagnosis in North America. Between 1975 and 1979 the 5-year survival rate was 58%. But due to impressive accomplishments in oncology, the survival rate for patients diagnosed between 2003 and 2009 has climbed to 83%. Even when the […]

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by drnieman April 27, 2017 Monthly

KANGAROO MOTHER CARE According to the World Health Organization, 10% of all births worldwide are either low birth weight (weight below 2500 grams) or premature (birth prior to 37 weeks of gestation). Premature birth and a lower weight at birth impact early brain development and set the stage for future neurological outcomes. Both the American […]

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by drnieman September 23, 2016 Monthly

Adolescent girls who engage in regular physical activity enjoy many benefits such as improved self-esteem, educational benefits, fewer risk-taking behaviours, a healthier lipid profile, better sensitivity to insulin, less obesity and better bone health. But what happens when adolescent girls become too active, overly competitive, and negligent in fueling their bodies appropriately? Three systems in […]

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by drnieman September 22, 2016 Monthly

Migraine headaches in children are often underdiagnosed, because it may present in a different manner compared to adults. Many parents also are surprised when this diagnosis is made at a very young age, thinking that migraines tend to occur only later in life. (Approximately 25 per cent of childhood migraine has its onset prior to […]

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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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