by on April 27, 2017

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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 September 23, 2016 Monthly

Adolescent girls who engage in regular physical activity enjoy many benefits such as improved self-esteem, educational benefits, fewer risk-taking behaviours, a healthier lipid profile, better sensitivity to insulin, less obesity and better bone health. But what happens when adolescent girls become too active, overly competitive, and negligent in fueling their bodies appropriately? Three systems in […]

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by September 23, 2016 News

I had the honor to talk about children’s play time and exercise habits on CTV Morning Live here in Calgary. Here are some ideas and observations which may summarize the highlights of the interview: 1. Play is and always will be important. 2. Doctors and organizations will always have advocacy efforts to improve matters. So […]

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by September 22, 2016 News

I recently received this excellent resource: This resource comes at a time when more and more families struggle to cope with teens and children who have addictions—or deny that they are addicted and refuse to get the proper care. This is a huge nightmare for some parents because there was no way they could […]

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Young Children and Advertising

by 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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by December 19, 2015 News

An increasing number of families in North America are concerned about vaccine safety and this controversial issue occasionally may lead to some families refusing vaccines altogether. This trend has led the State of California to mandate vaccinations this past year. Pediatric organizations considered this a major step in the right direction, arguing that no child […]

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by May 15, 2014 News

The consumption of raw or unpasteurized milk and milk products by children and pregnant women concerns pediatricians and public health officials. The May 2014 edition of Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, carries a policy statement decrying this trend in North America. It is sure to antagonize a number of people […]

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Being Left Handed

by March 27, 2014 News

In the past it was thought that left-handedness is simply due to genetic causes, but recent research suggest it is not that simple. Although handedness has been studied for at least 160 years, we still continue speculate why most humans are right-handed. Meanwhile we are also gathering more and more information about the possible causes […]

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by July 29, 2013 News

It is my honor to be asked about the latest outbreaks of measles. On July 29, 2013 I shall make these points on CTV Morning live: 1. Measles is very contagious and spreads via droplets. It infects mainly those who were not vaccinated at 12 months or those who did not get booster shots between 4 […]

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Electromagnetic Radiation from Wi-Fi–how safe is it?

by July 24, 2013 News

 I am intrigued by this research. It reminds us that electromagnetic waves may indeed have an impact on our health. We do not know yet—for sure. More research is needed, but here is a recent piece which caught my attention: 9th Grade Science Project Finds Plants Don’t Grow Near Wi-Fi Five ninth-grade young   women from […]

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