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...
  • 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/ 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...

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