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...
  • 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!’...
  • Health File

    October 25, 2009 by Sharon Adams
    Studying Successful Aging What image do you have of old age? Do you see independent people in their 80s and 90s actively participating in community life? Or a group of increasingly dependent people whose physical and mental abilities decline with every passing year? What biological...
  • Health File

    August 25, 2009 by Sharon Adams
    Brain Injuries Studied By Military The Canadian Forces is gathering data on mild traumatic brain injuries suffered on deployment, in part to guide future treatment of troops with persistent symptoms. Although sports experience shows most people with concussions fully recover in a short time, not...
  • Eight Great Canadian Medical Breakthroughs

    August 4, 2009 by Sharon Adams
    . . Canada has good reason to be proud of our medical mavericks and mavens—they are responsible for breakthroughs that have saved lives and affected the health of hundreds of millions of people around the world. The list of Canadian medical breakthroughs measures in the...
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