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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ANTIBIOTICS and GUT FLORA

by drnieman August 6, 2015 Weekly

Around 1983 some North American doctors scoffed at their peers in Holland, who at that time did not treat all childhood middle ear infections with antibiotics. I specifically remember attending an Infectious Disease meeting where a well-respected professor from Dallas painted a grim picture of what can happen when ear infections are left untreated. 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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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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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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