Wounded Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan await helicopter evacuation. [PHOTO: CPL. ROBIN MUGRIDGE]

Advances In Battlefield Medicine

First-aid methods for saving wounded soldiers have evolved considerably over the centuries, from treating burns with hog’s lard during the American Revolutionary War, the use of ether and chloroform as an anaesthetic during the Crimean War, advancements in amputation during the First World War, and the establishment of fully equipped, mobile field hospitals in the Second World...
  • Health File

    September 1, 2014 by Sharon Adams
    It won’t be long before smartphones will be as familiar as thermometers in family health tool kits. Smartphones, with their powerful built-in computers, may in fact become more familiar as increasing numbers of people use them to measure and track blood pressure, heart rate, blood...
  • The liver is really a miraculous organ, performing more than 500 functions necessary to life. It rids our bodies of toxins, regulates hormones, breaks down nutrients and stores energy, metabolizes alcohol and medications, among many other things....
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    It’s unusual to catch Gib McElroy in his room at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre in Ottawa. He’s out visiting his friend, Charlie, at bingo or physiotherapy, a veterans’ council meeting or taking in one of the centre’s many activities. He’s gone so...
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    The fourth Canadian Institute for Military and Veterans Health Research (CIMVHR) Forum in Edmonton was a veritable knowledge buffet. More than 125 researchers talked about their work. Topics were as diverse as how to better deliver whole blood to battlefield trauma victims; how joints in...
  • An exoskeleton suit developed by Ekso Bionics of California. [PHOTO: R.J. MUNA, EKSO BIONICS]

    A Mighty Big Bionic Step

    January 16, 2014 by Sharon Adams
    You could describe a bionic exoskeleton as a robot suit—a ready-to-wear superman kit a soldier can don to get the extra oomph to tote a hundred kilograms without breaking a sweat or tirelessly run and march farther and faster than otherwise humanly...
  • Health File: Bionic Progress

    January 1, 2014 by Sharon Adams
    If you were of the generation to see the Star Wars movies on original release, you might have dismissed as unlikely science fiction the scenes in which Luke Skywalker loses a hand to a light sabre and almost immediately reappears with a bionic replacement that...
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