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Alternative medicines need more study

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 groups are doing so on their behalf) to pay...
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    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 five...
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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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    The tell-tale brain

    May 19, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    Scanners that show how the brain’s chemistry changes from moment to moment—and from thought to thought—promise new views into the inner workings of the traumatized mind   Retired Master Corporal Don Leonardo of Airdrie, Alta., a third-generation soldier, has battled PTSD since serving with the United Nations...
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    Moral injuries need more consideration

    March 1, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    As a society, we’ve set high expectations on our members of the military to live and work on the moral high ground. Their code of values and ethics, compiled in the 2003 manual Duty with Honour: The Profession of Arms in Canada, was developed so...
  • Military health research benefits all Canadians

    January 7, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    With this issue, we begin a new column called Military Health Matters. Health advice columns, news on civilian health research and analysis of public health issues abound in newspapers, magazines, blogs and websites—but much less is available on issues concerning serving military, veterans and their...
  • Battlefield medicine serves peacetime needs

    December 18, 2015 by Sharon Adams
    Throughout recorded history, lessons learned on the battlefield and innovations in treating war wounds have later benefited community health care, and civilian medical research has been accelerated by wartime needs.  Many researchers at the Military and Veterans Health Research Forum in Quebec City at the...
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