3 Ways to ward off cancer

By Dr. George I. Traitses Off the couch Couch potato syndrome, as it’s called, leads to two unhealthy behaviors, according to research (and experience): excessive snacking and inadequate movement. This is a dangerous combination, in that both behaviors are linked to an increased risk of cancer. The simple solution: Get off that couch and do 

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Alcohol during pregnancy: Adopt a zero tolerance policy

Dr. George I. Traitses Pregnancy is a unique time for an expecting mother, to say the least. For first-time mothers in particular, it can be overwhelming. So why not relax with the occasional glass of wine or cocktail to maintain your sanity during this wonderful, stressful stage of your life? Here’s why: According to the 

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Natural cures for migraines

By Dr. George I. Traitses For many people, migraines can take the joy out of everyday living. Migraines can cause many people to skip out on daily activities such as exercising, watching TV or simply enjoying time with their loved ones. Because of their intensity, they can put a damper on your life. Many seek 

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Hands-free technology? Not as safe as you think

Dr. George I. Traitses As reports of cellphone-related road fatalities make global headlines, automobile and mobile-phone manufacturers continue developing “safer” ways to communicate while driving. Unfortunately, recent research suggests any form of “distracted driving” puts the driver, its occupants and anyone else on the road (who may be doing the exact same thing) at risk. 

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Antibiotics don’t work for cold symptoms

But many doctors still prescribe them By Dr. George I. Traitses According to a recent study published in the British medical journal Lancet, about a third of patients who go to their doctor for upper respiratory tract infections (URIs) are diagnosed with acute rhinosinusitis, and 80 percent of those patients receive antibiotics, even though doctors 

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Drop the diet drinks to help drop the pounds

By Dr. George I. Traitses You’re trying to drop a few pounds (or more), so soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks are a no-no. But what about the diet variety? After all, it says “diet” right in the name – what harm can it do? Actually, evidence suggests diet sodas and other “diet” beverages (“zero calorie,” 

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Four R’s of Running

By Dr. George I. Traitses Running is an increasingly popular pursuit, and for good reason: it’s a great cardiovascular and total-body workout, not to mention the mental-health benefits – challenging yourself, spending a little time in the Great Outdoors, enjoying a little one-on-none time amid your too-busy, too-hectic daily grind. Whether you’re running a mile 

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Calling all Mathletes

By Dr. George I. Traitses We should all encourage children to participate in daily physical activity because of the profound anti-aging, disease-preventing benefits exercise provides, but there’s another reason, according to recent research: being fit can make you a better student. In the study, researchers discovered that 9-10-year-olds who performed better on a treadmill test 

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To reduce child poverty, Canadian children need a champion

By Laura Stymiest, Paediatrics resident, Dalhousie University with Elizabeth Lee-Ford Jones, Expert Advisor HALIFAX, NS and TORONTO, ON/ Troy Media/ – A young girl is referred to a paediatrician’s office for her inability to pay attention in the classroom. The child’s teacher is concerned she has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and possibly, a 

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Brain-boosting sleep position

As compared to sleeping on your back or stomach, sleeping on your side may help to clear brain waste. By Dr. George I. Traitses The brain’s glymphatic pathway (the brain’s lymphatic system), is responsible for clearing harmful wastes – particularly amyloid-beta plaques that characterize Alzheimer’s Disease,   during sleep. Employing an animal model, Helen Benveniste, from 

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