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HEALTH-KIDS

Exercise offers hope for ADHD/Prescription Drug Epidemic

By Dr. George I. Traitses The CDC says 6.1% of American children were taking an ADHD medication like Adderall or Ritalin in 2011 (the latest data available), up from 4.8% in 2007. Eleven percent of children were diagnosed with ADHD in 2011, also up from 7.8% in 2003. Despite the well-documented dangers of ADHD drugs 

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Important tips for drivers during back-to-school season

By Dr. George I. Traitses As summer draws to a close and the classroom bell rings in the new school year, over 800,000 students across Ontario will ride the bus back to school. Dr. George Traitses and Canadian Automobile Association are reminding drivers to slow down in school zones and watch for flashing bus lights. 

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Tomatoes may reduce prostate cancer risk

By Dr. George I. Traitses Dig into summer’s favorite vegetable (well, fruit): researchers in the U.K. say tomato consumption may lower a man’s risk of prostate cancer by a staggering 20 percent. The health benefit may be related to reselycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes. “Our findings suggest that tomatoes may be important in 

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Break bad eating habits by retraining your brain

Just as junk food can become an addiction, researchers at Tufts University and at Massachusetts General Hospital showed that the brain can be retrained to prefer the. People aren’t born loving cheeseburgers and creamy pasta dishes; they’re conditioned over time by repeatedly eating such foods, creating addiction circuits in the brain. The study followed 13 

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Hit the pavement for heart health

By Dr. George I. Traitses Even a five-minute run can reduce your risk of dying from health disease, say researchers from Virginia Heart after looking at 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15-year period. “Compared to nonrunners,” writes Val Wadas-Willinghman in CNN’s Health blog, “those who ran had a 30% 

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How cookies, drinks stack up sugar-wise

By Dr. George I. Traitses Tempted to reach for a “healthy” bottle of 100% fruit juice when thirst calls? How about a refreshing green tea or bottled fruit smoothie found in many health food stores? Beware of obscene sugar content.  With dietary sugar now considered a major public health concern, it’s instructive to take a 

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New study reinforces Chiropractic’s role in better cost management of low back pain

By Dr. George I. Traitses More good news for Chiropractic: Findings in a new study, “Tracking Low Back Problems in a Major Self-Insured Workforce: Toward Improvement in the Patient’s Journey,” showed the importance, efficacy and cost-saving benefits of turning to Chiropractic early when it comes to low back pain. The study examined the total direct 

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Backpack basics for healthier kids

Dear George, As parents and children prepare for the new school year, new backpacks are likely on many shopping lists. Used correctly, backpacks can be a good way to carry all the books, supplies, and personal items a child needs for a typical school day. Backpacks are designed to distribute the weight of the load 

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Pack it light, wear it right: Back healthy backpack tips

Dr. George I. Traitses Kids and backpacks just seem to go together. Whether sending them off to summer camp, to a sporting event or for a sleepover with a friend, chances are they will be taking a backpack. Since carrying a heavy load unevenly or improperly can result in poor posture, muscle strain, headaches, neck 

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Backpack misuse leads to chronic back pain

Dr. George I. Traitses Back pain is pervasive among Canadian adults, but a new and disturbing trend is emerging. Young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than previous generations, and the use of overweight backpacks is a contributing factor, according to the Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA). “In my own practice, I have noticed 

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