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Ear Infections

“Rebecca would get at least one ear infection a month,” says Dana Erikson. “At first I didn’t know what was wrong. She would pull at her ears and cry.” Rebecca is not alone. “Roughly half of all toddlers in Canada will have at least one bout of otitis media,”...

Learning to Live with Food Allergies

On an average day in late September 2003, in Pembroke, Ontario, Sabrina Shannon, 13, sat down to lunch in her high school cafeteria. Within minutes she was in the throes of a severe anaphylactic reaction, and died before staff could retrieve her EpiPen from her locker. The cause of...

Prevent diabetes later by eating better, sooner

Today it is reasonable to assume that there are perhaps 20,000 people in Canada under the age of 20 living with the disease. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Ask Dr. Marla: Hernias

My daughter, six, has a hernia in the groin area. How common is this and what are the dangers associated with waiting for the surgery? Can anything go wrong during surgery? My husband says I’m a fatalist, but I’d like to be prepared for the worst. MARLA: A hernia happens...

Ask the dietitian: Staying healthy when eating drive-thru

Our family loves fast food, and quite frankly, we just don’t have time to cook every night. What choices should we make at those drive-thrus to stay healthy?

Ask the dietician: How to read food nutrition labels

Standing reading each label before tossing it into your grocery cart can seem daunting. 

Choices you make can impact your child’s weight and health

Since the late 80s, the rate of obesity in youth 12 to 17 has tripled from three percent to nine percent.

Ask Dr. Marla: Hereditary Ailments

Heart disease runs in our family. My mother has heart damage from high blood pressure, and my husband's father has blocked arteries and had to have an angioplasty. I'm worried about our kids. What are the chances they will have heart disease, and how can I give them the...

Top 10 Health Tips

When expectant parents come in to see me just before their baby is born, they often are a cross between excitement and fear of the unknown. The task of raising a baby to be a healthy, productive and happy adult can seem daunting and, I admit, it is. I...

Convince your kids to eat healthier

How to get your kids to give up the white stuff and making juice healthier.

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