Vet and suicde feature

Veterans + Suicide

Illustration by Robert Carter How many veterans kill themselves?   The answer is: We don’t know. Do military suicides outnumber combat deaths? The Department of National Defence says six soldiers took their lives in Afghanistan. Veterans Affairs Canada says 53 active members took their lives when they returned. Citing Department of Defence figures, the...
  • Military Health Matters Feature

    Solving sleepless nights

    January 16, 2017 by Sharon Adams
    Insomnia and pain are big problems for both serving military and veterans. Years of rotations, long and alert hours, frequent travel and skipping across time zones can disrupt sleep cycles, can turn the odd sleepless night to the burden of insomnia. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)...
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    Do richer countries have higher PTSD rates?

    November 10, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    The steady trickle of results from studies of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury (TBI) has provided much food for thought and grist for conversation this year. Tongues are wagging (if that describes online comments and blogs) about the surprising results of a study...
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    Military looks at respiratory illness

    September 13, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    After reports of respiratory illness following live firing training, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment discovered a less obvious danger than pistols and rifles. Their researchers measured lung function of 55 healthy soldiers, then had them fire rifles using different kinds of ammunition. Tests afterwards showed...
  • MHM

    Alternative medicines need more study

    July 2, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    Serving military members and veterans with chronic health conditions frequently look beyond traditional medicine in their search for something—anything—to relieve symptoms that are making their lives miserable, or in bureaucratese, “affecting their quality of life.” Often they’re forking out their own money (or veterans’ advocacy...
  • Dark Thoughts - final

    When the brain goes boom

    June 30, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    The epic struggle to understand and treat the damaged brain takes place both at the frontiers of science and in the pharmaceutical Stone Age   In April 19, 2006, Aaron Bedard’s brain changed forever. That day the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry combat engineer and...
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    Military service and the long term

    June 16, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    A decade ago, Veterans Affairs Canada’s Gerontological Advisory Council brought to public attention something serving military and veterans have always known: military service has long-term effects on health, and we’re not just talking about war wounds. At the time, the council was concerned that there...
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