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...
  • Health File

    May 1, 2009 by Sharon Adams
      What Did The Doctor Say? Did the doctor say isolate, or irrigate? And was that two tablets, two times a day? Misunderstanding what a doctor says can be confusing and dangerous—and it happens a lot. A study on health literacy released by the Canadian...
  • Health File

    April 30, 2009 by Sharon Adams
      Video Games Keep The Mind Sharp Researchers have long known that constantly challenging the brain through things like learning a new language or taking up a musical instrument helps keep the brain sharper as we age. Now we can add playing video games to...
  • Debris collects at the mouth of a storm drain along the St. Lawrence River. PHOTO: ANDREW EMOND, WWW.WORKSONGS.COM The pitter-patter of rain on the rooftop that used to lull Windsor, Ont., homeowner Steve Horoky to sleep now puts him on high alert. Three times since...
  • Health File

    February 25, 2009 by Sharon Adams
    Symptoms Not Always Shown Not everyone whose brain shows the telltale signs of Alzheimer’s disease after death shows symptoms of the disease—memory loss, confusion and emotional outbursts—in life. This raises the possibility some of us may have built up protection in youth that protects the...
  • A Checklist For Care

    January 26, 2009 by Sharon Adams
    Visiting The Veterans. ILLUSTRATION: STEPHEN SNIDER Working to ensure the well-being of veterans in long-term care facilities requires ongoing vigilance. Across the country there are thousands of Legionnaires dedicated to this role. They are the volunteers who take the time to regularly visit veterans. In...
  • Visiting The Veterans

    January 26, 2009 by Sharon Adams
    Visiting The Veterans. ILLUSTRATION: STEPHEN SNIDER Every day for two years Francis Christian, a dedicated member of Vimy Branch in Halifax, N.S., made his way to the Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building for a very special visit to one of its residents. Christian was there—seven...

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