Exercise eases traumatic brain injury

It may be small, but a study of military traumatic brain injury (TBI) and exercise will produce one piece of a puzzle whose long-term effects we have only begun to understand. University of Ottawa researchers are searching for how best to treat the enigmatic injury. As of mid-July, they were looking for four pairs of subjects: Ottawa-area...
  • 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...
  • Health File

    February 25, 2010 by Sharon Adams
    Smog And Appendicitis Already recognized as a risk factor for heart attack, stroke and cancer, air pollution is now also being linked to attacks of appendicitis. “Appendicitis is one of the most common reasons for North Americans to have surgery,” says gastroenterologist Dr. Gilaad Kaplan...
  • Casualties At Home

    February 1, 2010 by Sharon Adams
    . ILLUSTRATION: FRED SEBASTIAN Sitting in a dentist’s chair, Susan Binnie asks if she can stay after the dentist is through—just so she can soak up the peace. She lives near St. Albert, northwest of Edmonton with her two daughters, aged nine and 14, and...
  • Health File

    December 28, 2009 by Sharon Adams
    Practise Safe Text Modern life has plenty of electronic conveniences meant to make our lives easier, but sometimes they’re a pain in the neck—and elbow and fingers and shoulders. BlackBerry thumb, cell phone elbow and texting tendinitis are whimsical names for repetitive strain injuries—serious conditions...
  • Minds At War: Operational Stress Injuries

    December 4, 2009 by Sharon Adams
    . ILLUSTRATION: FRED SEBASTIAN Sergeant Shawn Clarke knows how far the Canadian Forces has come in handling Operational Stress Injuries. If he’d met himself 10 years ago, as he is today—an Afghanistan war veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder—he’d have said, “‘Suck it up you wimp!’...
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