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...
  • Preventing broken bones

    May 27, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    The Canadian Armed Forces takes broken bones very seriously indeed. Personnel suffered more than 4,200 fractures in 2014-16, an examination of military and civilian medical records revealed. Annually over the period, fractures resulted in 34,000 to 81,000 workdays lost, $12.5 million to $30 million in...
  • Bionic arms

    March 31, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    Artificial limbs that perform like the real thing are moving from the realm of science fiction into real life, thanks to pioneering scientists and amputees—and a financial boost from the military   “It’s amazing,” says Larry Hayes-Richards as he watches the fingers flex on his bionic arm,...
  • The toll on a sniper’s brain

    March 21, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    The headaches, sleep problems, visual disturbances, balance problems, dizziness, ringing in the ears and memory lapses are symptoms familiar to troops who use explosives to gain access to military targets—or blow them up to eliminate the threat from bombs or improvised explosive devices (IEDs). They call...
  • Long-term beds open up to more veterans

    March 12, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    Veterans Affairs Canada has widened eligibility for long-term care beds. Where once there were long wait lists for VAC contract beds, there are now vacancies due to the decline in number of Second World War and Korean War veterans. VAC has entered into agreements with...
  • Invisible injury

    January 30, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    If a soldier’s moral conscience is damaged, the problem and the solution can both be hard to find   For almost a decade, Canadian Armed Forces reservist James (not his real name) has been haunted by memories from one of his three tours to Afghanistan—haunted...
  • Medical cannabis research expected to grow

    January 15, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    Legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes poses particular health risks for veterans. Though only a fraction of marijuana users are veterans, they are more likely to have conditions treated with medical marijuana, said James MacKillop, co-director of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis...
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