Reclaiming his life

PORTRAIT OF INSPIRATION Canadian ex-paratrooper Dan Matthews still struggles with deep psychological scars Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Sergeant Dan Matthews was the only one of six paratroopers to escape without a scrape from an Oct. 2, 2003, mine blast in Afghanistan. Now, almost 14 years later, the psychological wounds inflicted on...
  • Battlefield medicine serves peacetime needs

    December 18, 2015 by Sharon Adams
    Throughout recorded history, lessons learned on the battlefield and innovations in treating war wounds have later benefited community health care, and civilian medical research has been accelerated by wartime needs.  Many researchers at the Military and Veterans Health Research Forum in Quebec City at the...
  • Injured veterans may develop sleep disorders

    September 1, 2015 by Sharon Adams
    Ah, “sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care”—a commodity that can be as elusive for injured and disabled Canadian Armed Forces personnel and veterans today as when Shakespeare penned the line 400 years ago to describe the insomnia of Macbeth, the soldier who...
  • Studying the benefits of medical marijuana

    July 1, 2015 by Sharon Adams
    A clinical trial examining medical marijuana for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder is underway in British Columbia, where marijuana, produced legally or otherwise, is estimated to contribute as much to the provincial economy as agriculture and...
  • Microscopic medical robots offer hope

    June 5, 2015 by Sharon Adams
    Headache? Take a couple of aspirin. Knees sore in the morning? Ditto. Pollen or dust stuffing up your nose? Pop an antihistamine. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar? Your doc will pull out the prescription...
  • The aging brain—slower, but wiser

    March 1, 2015 by Sharon Adams
    Everybody has lapses in memory —“Where did I leave my keys?”  “What is his name?” “What’s that word I need?” But once you pass the milestone birthdays of 60 and beyond, such questions raise the worry: “Could this be the first sign of dementia?” Istockphoto...
  • Veterans Benefits Guide 2015

    February 24, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Do YOU qualify for disability coverage or a pension? Tips on eligibility, applying, coverage and MUCH MORE! PLUS benefits for RCMP, veterans survey results, vocational training and jargon-buster....
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