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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‘Gluten-Free’ you can believe

By Dr. George I. Traitses Up until recently, food manufacturers could designate their products “gluten-free” without adhering to any formal or agreed-upon definition. All that has changed with the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration designation, however, now in effect: any products claiming to be gluten-free must have an undetectable level of gluten (fewer than 

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Find your purpose for a long, healthy life

By Dr. George I. Traitses New research suggests that people who feel they have a “purpose” in life tend not only to be happier, but to live longer, too. Patrick Hill, a researcher in Ottawa, Canada, looked at middle aged and older Americans, scoring more than 6,000 people on their responses to statements like, “some 

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Laughter: The best medicine

By Dr. George I. Traitses It can reduce stress, improve the immune system, and relieve pain: laughter is indeed a great medicine. To this end, “Laughter Clubs” have sprung up all over the world where participants, often those suffering from chronic illness, come together for laughter and breathing exercises. Developed by a doctor from India, 

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Treat, disinfect with honey

By Dr. George I. Traitses Honey offers a soothing treasure chest of properties for those dealing with minor wounds and illness. It has powerful antibacterial properties, and studies have shown it can destroy almost all strains of bacteria common to minor wounds. Honey also can also help soothe sore lips, relax the mind and nervous 

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Moms-to-be on The Patch linked to higher ADHD rates in kids

By Dr. George Traitses Smoking during pregnancy presents well documented dangers to the health of a mother’s unborn child, and when it comes to ADHD, nicotine replacement therapy isn’t much better, a news study shows. Analyzing more than 80,000 children born between 1996 and 2002, their mothers were interviewed during pregnancy to note their smoking 

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Will You Live to be 85?

Researchers say their new tool can tell you By Dr. George I. Traitses Swiss researchers have developed a calculator that claims to predict the likelihood of a 75-year-old living an extra decade. The main factors considered: alcohol and fruit consumption, exercise, and smoking habits. According to its predictions, a 75-year-old man whose health habits scored 

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Cleaner air = Fewer deaths

Dr. George I. Traitses Duke University researchers recently looked at changes in air quality and deaths from respiratory diseases between 1993 to 2010, and found a strong correlation between better air and fewer deaths. Using population data from North Carolina, where the researchers are based, the study showed that when sulfur dioxide, particulate matter, nitrogen 

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