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SHY CHILDREN

by drnieman January 5, 2018

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

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

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

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

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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MIGRAINE HEADACHES

by drnieman September 22, 2016

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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KIDS RUNNING MARATHONS

by drnieman June 7, 2016

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

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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CLIMATE CHANGE AND CHILDREN’S HEALTH

by drnieman December 18, 2015

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

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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