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Prevent childhood depression by helping your kids stay active

By Dr. George I. Traitses We all know about the myriad benefits of activity when it comes to reducing the risk of developing physical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer. That’s why parents are encouraged to teach their children to make exercise and other forms of physical activity a daily, 

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Screen zombies: Parents need to set a better example

By Dr. George I. Traitses The topic of screen time has been a popular one lately, with several studies suggesting our children are spending far too much time glued to televisions, computers and smartphones. The potential consequences: poor sleep, overeating / obesity (attributed to “sitting around” – the proverbial “couch potato syndrome”); neck pain (from 

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Depression: Not just for new moms

By Dr. George I. Traitses Think depression is only for new moms? Think again. It’s well-established that women can experience pre- and post-partum depression (before and after the birth of their child), characterized by symptoms including feelings of sadness and hopelessness; under- or over-eating; lacking energy or motivation; withdrawal from friends and family; headaches, stomach 

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3 ways to avoid burnout

By Dr. George I. Traitses Cross it off Burnout is physical and mental exhaustion, commonly caused by too much work, stress or routine. It also can be a lack of organization that overwhelms you. The solution: make a list of your daily, weekly and monthly priorities, then cross them off your list one by one. 

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Ditch the drugs for low back pain

By Dr. George I. Traitses Ask someone with low back pain what they do to manage the pain, and you’ll usually get one of several responses: endure the pain or take over-the-counter pain medications. And in some cases, their doctor may have prescribed even stronger pain meds such as opioids, which have been in the 

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Magnesium matters

By Dr. George I. Traitses Magnezium is abundant in the body and present in various foods including almonds, spinach, black beans and avocado, among others. But are you eating enough of the right foods to ensure adequate magnesium intake? Your answer matters because the potential health benefits of magnesium are also numerous: prevention of high 

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When the clock’s ticking…

Dr. George I. Traitses Do you feel as if your life is just a ticking clock, day after day, with never enough minutes to get everything done. You’re definitely not alone, but you can separate yourself from the “others” struggling to manage their time by taking these time-saving, sanity-preserving tips to heart: Two birds, one 

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Your obesity impacts your kids

By Dr. George I. Traitses Obese parents, it’s time for a dose of reality: beyond the health risks associated with the excess weight you’re carrying, you’re also doing a major disservice to your children, suggests new research. According to the study, children of obese parents are more likely to experience developmental delays compared to children 

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Don’t ‘dessert’ your weight-loss goals

By Dr. George I. Traitses You’ve committed to losing weight and changing your lifestyle forever. So far, things are going great: You’ve lost 10 pounds and feel like a new person, even with pounds left to lose. Then temptation rears its sugary, carb-loaded head when your co-worker brings in leftover brownies from last night’s party. 

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Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy linked to childhood Autism

By Dr. George I. Traitses According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a group of complex neurodevelopment disorders characterized by repetitive and characteristic patterns of behavior and difficulties with social communication and interaction.” As of 2016, one in 68 U.S. children suffer from ASD, per the 

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