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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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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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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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MENU LABELING

by drnieman June 6, 2015 Monthly

Calorie counts posted on menus are considered by some public health experts to change behaviour. But do they really change behaviour in a significant way? What has research shown thus far—not only in adults, but also in children and youth? Are the studies robust enough to justify some jurisdiction’s decisions to mandate labeling? At a […]

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Hazardous Sleep Environment

by drnieman April 2, 2015 Monthly

Every March the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) holds their Annual Leadership Forum (ALF) in Chicago. The goal of this meeting is for pediatricians in leadership to assemble in one place and to discuss important topics which later are prioritized by the Board of the organization. Recently the list of priorities included: early brain development, […]

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SEXTING

by drnieman March 12, 2015 Monthly

The question often raised among pediatricians and parenting experts is whether parenting teens has become more challenging than two or three decades ago. Although it may appear at first to be a philosophical question, the fact is that the majority of today’s parents may not be aware of the term “vamping.” Many parents do not […]

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Water Consumption and Body Weight

by drnieman January 11, 2015 Monthly

Drinking more water is considered a healthy habit and many families have made that one of their goals for the New Year. Dietary guidelines from Canada, the USA and Germany all suggest that water be the preferred beverage to fulfil daily fluid requirements, but is there research data to back that up, even if it […]

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