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Roll up your sleeve Immunization remains the best strategy for preventing many infectious illnesses. Besides the primary vaccination schedule of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and hemophylus influenza, there are also vaccines for meningitis, pneumococcal disease, rota-virus, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox and Hepatitis B. There are also new...

Diabetes – The Murray Family

Ben Murray, 13, Pictou, N.S. Type 1 Diabetes Think it’s hard to get a teenager to clean his room or take out the garbage? Try getting him to change his insulin pump. “We are always trying to drum into Ben’s head that it’s his body, and he has to take care...

Cystic Fibrosis – The Bateson Family

Emily Bateson, 8, Pitt Meadows, B.C. Cystic Fibrosis If you ask Emily Bateson, having cystic fibrosis (CF) does have certain advantages: “At Christmas time I get extra presents from the Kinsmen,” says the exuberant eight-year old. “And when I was six I got a free pass to Disneyland, and we didn’t...

Common Kid or Spouse Complaints and How To Make Them Better

The bathroom medicine cabinet can easily turn into a dumping ground of expired tablets and encrusted bottles. Then, when someone is sick, it’s hard to know what to reach for. Sherry Torkos, a pharmacist in Fort Erie, Ont., as well as the author of The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural...

Juvenile Arthritis – The Junkin Family

Lindsay Junkin, 22, Toronto Juvenile Arthritis People who say lightning doesn’t strike twice haven’t met the Junkin family. Despite the fact that there is no history of arthritis in their family, two of the Junkin’s three children have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (JA). “It was a shock – one my...

Do’s and Don’ts When Treating Your Child’s Typical Ailments

Read all product labels carefully - whether they come from a pharmacy or a health food store - and administer only as directed. If you're treating these problems for longer that a few days, see your health-care provider. Do...

Ask Dr. Marla: Should I Get My 13-Year-Old Daughter the Gardasil Vaccine?

Should I get my 13-year-old daughter the Gardasil vaccine to protect her from getting the human papilloma virus (HPV)? What are the pros and cons? The current recommendations by our National Advisory Committee on Immunization known as NACI, is HPV Vaccine use for girls aged nine through 26. The effi...

Ask Dr. Marla: Non-Flouridated Water

I recently found out that our town water supply is not treated with fluoride (I had assumed it was). Is there any special treatment to consider for our three-year old son since he is not old enough for fluoride toothpaste? The cavity-preventing effectiveness of fluoride is well established, but too...

Ask Dr. Marla: Is it Too Early to Put My 10-Year-Old Son on a Diet?

Our 10-year-old son is overweight. I know he’s still growing but is it too early to put him on a diet? Without knowing how ‘overweight’ your son is, let me give you some general guidelines. The assumption that he will outgrow the ‘baby fat’ is not true if you don’t...

Overweight? It runs in the family

Back in the day of the dinosaurs (think way back – like the ’90s) we were told that obesity stemmed simply from caloric imbalance. Today, all bets are off; scientific research is telling a different story.

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