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Music soothes the injured brain

In treating Canadian soldiers returning from the First World War with psychological wounds, British musician Margaret Anderton discovered music does indeed have “charms to soothe the savage breast.” “Wood instruments,” she observed, “are particularly potent for a certain kind of war-neurosis because of their penetrating, sustained tone.” Anderton went on to teach the first...
  • Dealing with hearing loss

    July 31, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    The profession of arms is hard on hearing. The roar of engines, thunder of artillery, ear-splitting shrill of sirens, high hum of an engine room, jackhammering of weapons fire, piercing clang of metal on metal—even the joyful sound of instruments in a marching band—take a toll...
  • Medical aid in the deep freeze

    May 16, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    Climate change has increased interest—and traffic—in the Arctic. This raises new threats to national security and sovereignty and increases chances of environmental disasters, shipwrecks and plane crashes, any of which may call for the scrambling of the Canadian Armed Forces, at any time of the...
  • The price of sexual harassment in the military

    March 13, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    The Canadian Armed Forces has gotten tough on sexual harassment and assault. Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance has said ending this behaviour is at the top of his agenda. In the past year, dozens of military personnel have been discharged, demoted or...
  • Using nano technology to heal wounds

    November 17, 2017 by Sharon Adams
    For more than 150 years, troops have known the abbreviation TNT has stood for an explosive that can wound and kill. In the future, they may instead recognize it as something that can heal wounds, save limbs and regenerate injured brains. Researchers at Ohio State...
  • Nutrition in the field

    October 2, 2017 by Sharon Adams
    An army, it has been noted, marches on its stomach. Throughout history, invaders and marauders have relied on scavenging and pillaging to feed troops at the far end of very long supply lines. In 1810, Napoleon said his Grand Armée troops “must feed themselves on...
  • Cure or curse?

    September 6, 2017 by Sharon Adams
    Canadian Airborne Regiment veteran Dave Bona woke up with the same question every morning for more than 20 years: “Is today the day I’m going to kill myself?” He joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1984, served in Cyprus in 1988-89 and the First...
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