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...
  • Diving Into Clinical Trials

    January 1, 2007 by Natalie Salat
    ILLUSTRATION: SCOTT PAGE “We’re looking at a black fishbowl. You can’t see through it.” When it comes to clinical trials in Canada, whether for drugs, medical devices or other health interventions, ethics expert Dr. Michael McDonald says the culture of secrecy around the design, conduct...
  • The New Age Of Nursing: It's not just changing diapers

    November 1, 2006 by Natalie Salat
    ILLUSTRATION: BERNADETTE LAU Jodie Boltuc may be putting it bluntly, but it’s only because she is passionate about her intended career: nursing. “You’ve got everything from bedside care and community nursing to research,” says the fourth-year student at Ryerson University’s school of nursing in Toronto....
  • 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...

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