WINTER ACTIVITIES: Tips to avoid injury

By Dr. George I. Traitses When snow, ice and frigid weather blast into town, watch out, says Dr. George Traitses. Winter recreational activities and chores can pose problems for the outdoor enthusiast whose body is not in condition. Winter sports like skating, skiing and sledding can cause painful muscle spasms, strains or tears if you’re 

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10 Simple Things You Can Do To Fight Alzheimer’s

“The idea that Alzheimer’s is entirely genetic and unpreventable is perhaps the greatest misconception about the disease,” saysGary Small, M.D., director of  the UCLA Center on Aging. Researchers now know that Alzheimer’s, like heart disease and cancer, develops over decades and can be influenced by lifestyle factors including cholesterol, blood pressure, obesity, depression, education, nutrition, 

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How cookies and drinks stack up

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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Zinc-up to fight the blues

Brain cells that govern emotion are rich with zinc; the more they have, the healthier they are. In a 12-week study, participants who took 25 mg a day of zinc reported feeling happier. If you’re feeling blue, consider a zinc supplement, or dig in to a plate of fresh oysters. Three ounces provide a 52-mg 

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The Straighten Up Canada app

By Dr. George I. Traitses Musculoskeletal issues are the cause of one-third of missed work second only to the common cold; poll reveals almost half of Canadians suffered from four or more MSK conditions in the last year. The Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA), in partnership with the 10 provincial chiropractic associations, has launched a new 

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Five things that will zap your energy

By Dr. George I. Traitses You don’t need us to tell you that living off Pop Tarts and three hours of sleep drains you of energy. But those are not the only factors that can lead to a big dip. If you’re about an hour away from crawling under your office desk to take a 

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Updated Policy: Preventing discrimination vs pregnant and breastfeeding women

TORONTO–The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released an updated version of its Policy on preventing discrimination because of pregnancy and breastfeeding in an eLaunch Oct. 29. An hour-long webinar – available at – provides an overview of the policy, offers a Q&A opportunity, and features several speakers. “Pregnancy and breastfeeding are health issues, and 

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Children and Vitamin D

By Dr. George I. Traitses Some children suffer from winter-related atopic dermatitis–a chronic inflammatory disorder of the skin that makes victims uncomfortable and more prone to a vulnerable bacterial infection. Now, recent findings show that vitamin D could significantly improve symptoms of the seasonal health issue. “While we don’t know the exact proportion of patients 

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Healthy lifestyles and women

By Dr. George I. Traitses After being followed an average of 10 years, women who ate a healthy diet, drank alcohol moderately, never smoked, remained physically active and had a healthy body weight were 54 percent less likely to have a stroke than women with none of these factors, said study author Susanna Larsson, a 

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Child heart patients and alternative medicine

By Dr. George I. Traitses Findings from a new study indicate that patients presenting to pediatric cardiology clinics in Canada reported a high use of complementary and alternative medicine products and practices. Researchers developed and distributed a survey to pediatric cardiology patients and their parents or guardians who were seen at Stollery Children’s Hospital in 

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