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...
  • Quadruple amputee inspired others

    November 18, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    In August, eight years after United States Marine Sergeant John Peck lost his arms and legs in an encounter with an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, he threw out the first pitch at a baseball game—a feat made possible by a double arm transplant in...
  • Benefits of long-term RCAF study continue

    September 27, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    The Manitoba Follow-up Study (MFUS) is one of the longest health research studies in the world, if not the longest. After 70 years, it is still producing useful data. In 1948, it began tracking cardiovascular health of nearly 4,000 male Royal Canadian Air Force veterans....
  • Dealing with hearing loss

    July 31, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    The profession of arms is hard on hearing. The roar of engines, thunder of artillery, ear-splitting shrill of sirens, high hum of an engine room, jackhammering of weapons fire, piercing clang of metal on metal—even the joyful sound of instruments in a marching band—take a toll...
  • Medical aid in the deep freeze

    May 16, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    Climate change has increased interest—and traffic—in the Arctic. This raises new threats to national security and sovereignty and increases chances of environmental disasters, shipwrecks and plane crashes, any of which may call for the scrambling of the Canadian Armed Forces, at any time of the...
  • Treating moral injuries

    March 22, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    A 19-year-old Canadian soldier serving in a village halfway around the world is in a unit tasked with securing an area and protecting civilians within in an effort to build civilian support and goodwill.    Suddenly a pregnant, robed woman, gesturing wildly, races toward him...
  • The price of sexual harassment in the military

    March 13, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    The Canadian Armed Forces has gotten tough on sexual harassment and assault. Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance has said ending this behaviour is at the top of his agenda. In the past year, dozens of military personnel have been discharged, demoted or...
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