Treating moral injuries

A 19-year-old Canadian soldier serving in a village halfway around the world is in a unit tasked with securing an area and protecting civilians within in an effort to build civilian support and goodwill.    Suddenly a pregnant, robed woman, gesturing wildly, races toward him shouting words he cannot understand. Is she in need...
  • Health File

    August 31, 2010 by Sharon Adams
    Got A Food Craving? Imagine This… Anyone who’s ever had a food craving knows how it can blot out the rest of the world. You want chocolate. You imagine the glisten on the surface, the crunch as you take a bite, the velvety texture on...
  • Then And Now – Medical

    July 1, 2010 by Sharon Adams
    Bandages: From Rags to Glue Bandages and wound dressings have been around probably since the first child skinned a knee and the first cook’s hand slipped while skinning dinner. Strips of hide or absorbent plant fibres were first used to staunch bleeding and protect wounds as they...
  • Health File

    June 25, 2010 by Sharon Adams
    Taking Your Mind Off Pain Struggling with pain? Meditation may help take the edge off. Researchers at the University of Montreal have discovered that Zen meditation thickens the region of the brain that regulates pain. “We found a relationship between cortical thickness and pain sensitivity,” says University of...
  • Driving In The Grey Zone

    May 28, 2010 by Sharon Adams
    Myrtle Smith, 103, of Stanstead, Que.; Ottawa residents Dr. Bill Jeans, 91, and Al Sentance, 84; and Bob Cawker, 93, of Surrey, B.C.; have all been driving seven or eight decades, have had their drivers’ licences renewed in the past two years, and intend to...
  • Health File

    April 28, 2010 by Sharon Adams
    The Skinny On Grapefruit The humble grapefruit holds promise for fighting some of the fastest-growing diseases plaguing Canadians and burdening our health-care system. The secret is in the pith—the bitter white material between fruit and peel—something most people discard. Scientists at the Robarts Research Institute...
  • The Bugs In Your Gut

    March 21, 2010 by Sharon Adams
    ILLUSTRATION: © Ian Phillips/www.i2iart.com Like most people, Carrie, a former border customs officer in Vancouver, never thought much about the trillions of microscopic creatures inhabiting her body—until internal germ warfare first threatened—then saved—her life. A broad-spectrum antibiotic prescribed prior to dental surgery set the stage...