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MENTAL HEALTH OF YOUR DOCTOR

by drnieman on June 2, 2017

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The suicide rate among doctors remains among the highest in the general population and statistics suggest that male physicians die due to suicide at a rate nearly twice that for other men. For female physicians the risk is three-fold higher. This data may surprise some patients and even some doctors who are enjoying a career […]

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COLOR BLINDNESS

by drnieman April 27, 2017 Uncategorized

Colorblindness, also known as Color Vision Deficiency (CVD), affects 1 in 12 boys and 1 in 200 girls. It is genetically transmitted via the X-linked chromosome and thus CVD is far more common in boys. It works like this: a grandfather, who is color blind, is very likely to transmit CVD to his grandson, via […]

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KANGAROO MOTHER CARE

by drnieman March 3, 2017 Uncategorized

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 Academy of Pediatrics […]

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SWALLOWING PILLS

by drnieman June 13, 2015 Uncategorized

Many children and adolescents find it difficult to swallow pills. A recent survey of close to 300 parents revealed that 30-40 % of children refused or rejected a pill or liquid medication; more than 50% of children were unable to swallow a standard size pill or small capsules. This becomes particularly problematic where there are […]

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EPIGENETICS

by drnieman July 5, 2014 Uncategorized

EPIGENETICS A few years ago the American Academy of Pediatrics announced that one of their four top priorities will be epigenetics. At that time I was curious as to how many pediatricians—both in Canada and the USA— were able to explain to the public what the science of epigenetics may involve. Very few doctors felt […]

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BETTER MILK FLOW WHEN NURSING

by drnieman July 3, 2014 Uncategorized

HERBS AND BREASTFEEDING The use of herbs during breastfeeding has become increasingly popular. Yet many doctors remain unaware that mothers use herbs while breastfeeding, because they only inquire about the use of pharmaceutical products. One of the main motives for using herbs during lactation is to increase milk production. Herbs that are taken for this […]

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Antibiotic Use Reduced

by drnieman January 28, 2014 Uncategorized

Not so long ago I had a father in my office. He was also a general practitioner who trained in the Middle East. One of his concerns was that his 4 year old daughter received numerous antibiotics—and strong ones–in the past. He felt the doctors who cared for her over-prescribed antibiotics and questioned if this […]

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EPIGENETICS

by drnieman October 4, 2013 Monthly

I am honored to write for the Calgary Herald every month. This month I decided to cover a topic which we will hear much more about in future. Its an exciting concept—that our genes do not have to determine our destiny. A few years ago the American Academy of Pediatrics announced that one of their […]

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e-cigarettes

by drnieman September 30, 2013 Uncategorized

Here is the latest development re e cigarettes in youth  (letter from the Chicago Tribune written by the Presidents of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Lung Association) Harmful tobacco products Four years ago the Food and Drug Administration took a major step to protect children from the dangers of tobacco by preventing the […]

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Dental Visits

by drnieman September 30, 2013 Uncategorized

I was asked to share this very informative piece on what to do when your child goes to the dentist for the first time. It was originally posted by www.becomeananny.org 10 Tips for Handling a Child’s First Trip to the Dentist While “fun” is rarely the first word that comes to mind for adults when […]

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