Soft drinks and school kids don’t mix

By Dr. George I. Traitses Despite the soft drink industry’s insistence to the contrary, mounting evidence suggests that soft drink consumption, particularly by children, is a leading cause of childhood obesity. Up to 85 percent of all children enrolled in school consume at least one soft drink a day, and 20 percent consume a whopping 

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Build a better brain with food

By Dr. George I. Traitses The connection between eating habits and brain health continues to be reinforced, with new research suggesting the Mediterranean diet can build a healthier, younger brain. That’s great news considering an estimated 150 million people are projected to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease alone by 2050. Researchers scanned the brains of 674 

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Death by TV?

By Dr. George I. Traitses Spend hour after hour in front of the boob tube watching crime-scene dramas? Turns out no matter what type of programming you watch, if you watch too much, the crime scene may turn out to be your own living room. That’s because too much television viewing increases your risk of 

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Rest Easy: 5 ways to get better sleep tonight

By Dr. George I. Traitses It’s one thing to fall asleep; it’s another to stay asleep all night and even another to enjoy a full night of peaceful, restorative sleep that gives your body and mind an appropriate setting to repair, recharge and renew. Too many Canadians don’t get enough sleep and when they do, 

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4 sure-fire ways to stay healthy into your golden years

By Dr. George I. Traitses With life expectancy on the rise in the U.S. and Canada, the opportunity exists to live longer – if we choose to take advantage of it. Live a life of bad health habits and you’ll find your golden years filled with chronic disease or altogether nonexistent. The key to healthy 

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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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Harmful addiction

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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