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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Walk your way to health

By Dr. George I. Traitses Can’t imagine slaving away in the gym for hours at a time, but know you need to do something to get in better shape and reduce your risk of disease? The simple act of walking is a good place to start, according to Dr. George Traitses. He promotes the power 

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Don’t fill up on empty calories

Dr. George I. Traitses Many of the health risks people face today are a direct consequence of eating too much processed, vitamin- and mineral-deficient foods high in calories. In general, these foods are best described as containing “empty calories.” Here’s why empty calories are so dangerous and some common-sense steps to eliminate them from your 

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5 Common causes of neck pain

By Dr. George I. Traitses Neck pain can be acute (short term) or chronic (recurring or persisting for months and even years), but regardless, when you’re in pain, relief is the first thing on your mind. Just as important as relief, of course, is finding the cause and ensuring you avoid the behavior / action 

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De-stress at your desk

By Dr. George I. Traitses The phone is ringing nonstop. E-mails are pouring in. The boss just dumped a 50-page report on your desk that needs to be proofed by the end of the day. And it’s only Monday. You can feel your shoulders starting to tighten and your jaw beginning to clench. You need 

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5 smart substitutions when eating Out

By Dr. George I. Traitses There’s nothing wrong with the occasional treat-yourself trip to a fast-food or sit-down restaurant, but Americans are eating out at an ever-increasing (sometimes daily) rate, and usually paying the health consequences. It’s tough enough finding healthy food when grocery shopping these days, but put your trust in the hands of 

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Avoid pain from backpack use

By Dr. George 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 Ontario Chiropractic Association. In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports 

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How to live to 100+

50-year long study of Swedish men reveals specific factors that associate with extended longevity. By Dr. George I. Traitses For 50 years, Swedish researchers have followed the health of 855 Gothenburg men born in 1913. The first surveys were conducted in 1963, and now that the study is ending –232 of the subjects reached 80 

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