Bacteria thrive in airplane conditions, study shows

By Dr. George I. Traitses It’s no longer just the snoring guy in row 12C: you could be sharing the airplane cabin with some particularly nasty fellow travelers, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and certain strains of E. coli, both potentially deadly. Using actual interior parts from airplanes (armrests, seats, etc.), and simulating flight temperatures and 

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On Philippine Independence Day, try: Kalayaan Halo-halo

Freedom from high calories and processed foods ON June 12, 1898 Aguinaldo led the declaration of Philippine Independence from Spanish Colonial Rule and the occasion has since been known as Philippine Independence Day. A time filled with celebrations and festivities for Filipinos all over the world, I have always enjoyed this time of the year 

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A good pillow

By Dr. George I. Traitses A good pillow for sleeping should be comfortable to lay your head upon, but most importantly it must support your neck keeping it in alignment with the rest of your spine. There are many different pillows on the market today from traditional feather and fiber ones to shaped pillows, memory 

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HEALTH-Get set to garden

By Dr. George I. Traitses Plant and Rake Without the Ache Gardening is a great way to stay active and have fun in the sun. But many Canadians sustain injuries that can be easily prevented with a little know-how. The right moves Use the right moves to lighten the load on your back. Kneel, don’t 

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HEALTH-Expecting moms: Beware of Acetaminophen

Go Drug-free By Dr. George I. Traitses Conventional wisdom tells women that for fevers and pain relief during pregnancy, acetaminophen is their best bet. But JAMA Pediatrics, the highly-respected pediatric journal, recently published a study showing a possible link between acetaminophen and extreme attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Study authors admit more research 

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HEALTH-Big beauty trend comes with risk

By Dr. George I. Traitses The latest manicure trend is long-lasting gel nail polish, which stays on hands for 2-3 weeks longer than what has been the “industry standard” polish. Yet while many women may hail it as the answer to their nail-maintenance woes, the gel treatment is not risk free. The ultraviolet light technicians 

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HEALTH: Just start walking

Dr. George I. Traitses Walking – it’s the simplest thing you can do to give yourself a workout. Keep in mind that moving is improving.  Even 15 minutes a day can start you on the way to an activity habit. Walking is the easiest choice when the weather is agreeable, but don’t let a little 

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HEALTH: Top 5 tips for selecting an office chair

Dr. George I. Traitses When shopping for the best ergonomic office chair, getting a chair that fits your unique needs should be the top priority. Not every chair labeled “ergonomic” has all the adjustment features necessary to truly be ergonomic. Here are the top 5 things you need to consider to help you make a 

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HEALTH: The function of a running shoe

By George I. Traitses The function of a running shoe is to protect the foot from the stress of running, while permitting you to achieve your maximum potential. Selecting the right shoe for your foot can be confusing without the proper knowledge. People with low arches, called pronators, will need a shoe that provides stability. 

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Don’t take arthritis lying down

By Dr. George I. Traitses The term “arthritis” means “joint inflammation” and is often used in reference to rheumatic diseases. Rheumatic diseases include more than 100 conditions. Years ago, doctors hardly ever told rheumatoid arthritis patients to “go take a hike” or “go for a swim.” Arthritis was considered an inherent part of the aging 

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