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Peanut allergies are becoming more common among children.  It is estimated that  3.2% of children have peanut allergies.  In an effort to prevent this allergy, the Canadian Paediatric Society has recommended the introduction of peanuts and other allergenic foods around 6 months of age. Research has interestingly shown that what mothers eat during pregnancy may influence their child’s taste preferences later on.  Could maternal consumption of...
Sleep is important for our overall health, it allows our body and mind to recharge. The amount of sleep that we need changes throughout our lifetime. The National Sleep Foundation has established guidelines for how much sleep babies, toddlers, adolescents and adults should sleep. These are the suggested total sleep requirements by the National Sleep Foundation: Newborn Sleep (0-3 months): 14-17 hours each day ...
What is Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis, or OA, is a degenerative joint disease that affects many Canadians. The joints in our bodies contain cartilage that protects bones during joint movement. Osteoarthritis is when this cartilage breaks down or becomes damaged.  This leads to pain, swelling and stiffness in the joint and loss of normal joint function. Once cartilage...

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