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THE WEED EXPERIMENT

by drnieman on July 5, 2018

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CANADA’S CHILDREN AND YOUTH EXPERIENCE ABOUT TO START Since the current Canadian government informed the nation that they intend to legalize marijuana, much has been written on this extremely controversial and at times confusing topic. Some of the writing dealt with facts; some failed miserably to hide biases–both sides being guilty of dishonesty and subjectivity. […]

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NONPHARMACOLOGIC TREATMENT FOR ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER

by drnieman June 27, 2018 Monthly

Many options other than the use of pharmaceutical products exist for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The most common medications used in the treatment are by far psychostimulants. Alternative medications to psychostimulants are the so-called non-stimulant products—a class of medications which is becoming increasingly popular, most likely because side effects impacting appetite and sleep […]

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NEW INFORMATION ON ALLERGIES

by drnieman May 14, 2018 Monthly

Introducing Allergenic Foods I have always maintained that there is a common theme when it comes to discussing politics, religion and food: consensus is virtually impossible, but compromise is an option. The current guidelines by Health Canada, the Canadian Pediatric Society and allergists on the matter of when to introduce foods which are known to […]

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NUTRITION AND EARLY BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

by drnieman February 2, 2018 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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LEG AND FEET ISSUES

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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SHY CHILDREN

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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VEGAN DIETS ARE SAFE FOR CHILDREN

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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CANCER PREVENTION

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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EARLY BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

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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FEMALE ATHLETE TRIAD

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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