“She’s seen me at my worst, and she was okay with that”

Mike Trauner and Leah Cuffe share the frustrations, pain and nightmares that linger from his wounds Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne It was just a corridor, but it was probably the longest walk of 30-year-old Leah Cuffe’s life. Down that hospital hallway in Landstuhl, Germany, was a Canadian flag. And beside that...
  • Our Master Cells

    May 1, 2007 by Natalie Salat
    ILLUSTRATION: ELENA PANKOVA; PHOTO: NATALIE SALAT The Sprott Centre uses a range of high-tech lab equipment (inset). The fact that Jennifer Molson can now motor around Ottawa in a stick-shift car is something of a wonder–not because it’s a complex task, but because Molson was...
  • A Prescription For Change

    March 1, 2007 by Natalie Salat
    ILLUSTRATION: SCOTT PAGE In a country that spends $25 billion on drugs every year, it’s no wonder Canadians are getting to know their pharmacists pretty well. They may also notice that, these days, pharmacists are doing a lot more than “count, pour, lick and stick”;...
  • Diving Into Clinical Trials

    January 1, 2007 by Natalie Salat
    ILLUSTRATION: SCOTT PAGE “We’re looking at a black fishbowl. You can’t see through it.” When it comes to clinical trials in Canada, whether for drugs, medical devices or other health interventions, ethics expert Dr. Michael McDonald says the culture of secrecy around the design, conduct...
  • ILLUSTRATION: BERNADETTE LAU Jodie Boltuc may be putting it bluntly, but it’s only because she is passionate about her intended career: nursing. “You’ve got everything from bedside care and community nursing to research,” says the fourth-year student at Ryerson University’s school of nursing in Toronto....
  • Pain In The Brain

    May 1, 2006 by Natalie Salat
    Pain really is all in the mind–well, the brain, actually. When you slam your finger in the car door, though it is your finger that may be throbbing, how you perceive and react to that pain–fainting, swearing, jumping out of your skin–depends on what is...
  • The Shortage Of Family Doctors

    March 1, 2006 by Natalie Salat
    ILLUSTRATION: Barbara Spurll The landscape outside family doctor Peter Kujtan’s Mississauga, Ont., medical building has changed dramatically in the last two decades. “When I started here, it was farms. Twenty years later, I’m in the middle of a city.” The landscape inside the building has...