by drnieman January 5, 2018 Monthly

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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by drnieman December 30, 2017 Uncategorized

Plato once observed that “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” For many parents and social psychologists, the importance of families deliberately making the time to play seems logical and obvious, and yet, in an era where technology has become so dominant in our […]

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by drnieman June 8, 2017 Weekly

After seeing families for the past 30 years as their doctor and being a parent myself since 1995, I am struggling with a common question: —Can a parent be happy and healthy if the child is not happy and healthy? Recently I did an interview with National TV (CBC Evening News) where we discussed optimal […]

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by drnieman June 2, 2017 Uncategorized

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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by drnieman May 9, 2017 Monthly

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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by drnieman April 27, 2017 Weekly

It is always interesting to read about parenting trends where parents are influenced by popular books or non-traditional ideas. The level of parental passion determines the speed and magnitude with which trends spread—often globally. What is equally interesting is how fast, or more often how slowly, the medical community catch up with whatever is trending. […]

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by drnieman April 27, 2017 Monthly

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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by drnieman April 27, 2017 News

Not so long ago I encountered yet another teen who came to see me because she was stressed out by the demands of high school. January in particular seems to be one of the worst months in the academic calendar year. It seems to me that even the most motivated students go through anxieties, fears […]

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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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by drnieman April 27, 2017 Weekly

It is estimated that globally two percent of children are born with red hair. The incidence varies greatly depending on the geographic location. For example, in countries located in Northern Europe and Britain, the incidence may be twice as high. Edinburgh, Scotland, is considered to be a world-class city with the highest odds of finding […]

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