Docbots and drones

Military medics used to paint their helmets or wear armbands with red crosses to make themselves more visible, signalling to the enemy that they, and the soldiers they cared for, were not combatants. In a once widely respected humanitarian rule of war, they were not deliberately targeted. But they can no longer count on...
  • Pain In The Brain

    May 1, 2006 by Natalie Salat
    Pain really is all in the mind–well, the brain, actually. When you slam your finger in the car door, though it is your finger that may be throbbing, how you perceive and react to that pain–fainting, swearing, jumping out of your skin–depends on what is...
  • The Shortage Of Family Doctors

    March 1, 2006 by Natalie Salat
    ILLUSTRATION: Barbara Spurll The landscape outside family doctor Peter Kujtan’s Mississauga, Ont., medical building has changed dramatically in the last two decades. “When I started here, it was farms. Twenty years later, I’m in the middle of a city.” The landscape inside the building has...
  • Weighing In On Obesity

    January 1, 2006 by Natalie Salat
    ILLUSTRATION: Bernadette Lau Tammy Noble had tried every diet and weight loss method under the sun, including Weight Watchers, the Atkins Diet and Dr. Phil’s Ultimate Weight Solution, only to find that, after losing 10 or 20 pounds, “I’d gain it back, and then some.”Since...
  • Waging War On Infectious Disease

    November 1, 2005 by Natalie Salat
    The visitors have come to Winnipeg all the way from Guangdong, China. They are not ordinary tourists, and this is no ordinary visit. These scientists are from the region where the SARS virus–severe acute respiratory syndrome–originated two and a half years ago, and they have...
  • Access To Medical Records

    September 1, 2005 by Laura Byrne Paquet
    PHOTO: METROPOLIS STUDIO Your insurance company wants to know if you’ve ever had jaundice. Your children want information about a blood disease that runs in your family. You want to find out if you’ve ever been prescribed a medication that’s now making headlines for long-term...
  • MRI: A Picture Of A Problem

    May 1, 2005 by Natalie Salat
    PHOTO: SIEMENS PRESS PICTURE An MRI scan is used to examine internal organs. They look like something out of Star Trek, massive doughnut-shaped contraptions that swallow you up, scan your body and churn out detailed images of what’s going on inside. They can show the...