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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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RESILIENCE IN KIDS

by drnieman December 16, 2014 Monthly

RESILIENCE A teen turns 16 and is excited to get his driver’s licence. The days before the test are stressful and the parents notice the teen to be a bit more irritable than usual. He excuses himself from the supper table to be alone in his room. He does not sleep well, eats erratically and […]

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ADHD and its impact on Growth

by drnieman December 11, 2014 Monthly

HOW ADHD IMPACTS BOTH HEIGHT AND WEIGHT At this time of the year a number of students discover that they cannot maintain their concentration at school. The possible diagnosis of an Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) gets raised by teachers ; perhaps later this controversial condition is confirmed by a doctor or a psychologist. Many […]

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CARDIOVASCULAR IMPLICATIONS OF PRETERM BIRTH

by drnieman September 26, 2014 Monthly

It has been said that cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure and elevated lipids have a beginning in childhood, or even earlier, in the womb. One author uses the analogy of a dynamite stick with a long fuse: the fuse gets lit once a baby is born, but the explosion takes place many years […]

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HOMEOPATHIC VACCINES

by drnieman May 14, 2014 Monthly

A current trend among families who want their children vaccinated, but who are leery of traditional vaccines, is the increased use of homeopathic vaccines. Homeopathic vaccines, also known as nosodes, are often promoted as a natural alternative to traditional vaccination programs. Clinicians who promote these nosodes—mostly homeopaths and naturopaths—suggest that homeopathic vaccines may even work […]

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