Do richer countries have higher PTSD rates?

The steady trickle of results from studies of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury (TBI) has provided much food for thought and grist for conversation this year. Tongues are wagging (if that describes online comments and blogs) about the surprising results of a study by a team of Dutch, British and Australian psychotrauma...
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    11 Steps For Surgery: What Patients Need To Know

    June 11, 2012 by Sharon Adams
    The prospect of surgery can turn the strongest of us into wimps. Who wouldn’t feel helpless, lying sedated, surrounded by a bunch of masked people armed with sharp instruments, poised to pierce your skin? You may not be able to change that scenario, but preparing yourself mentally...
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    Health File

    April 24, 2012 by Sharon Adams
    Health Research That’s Music To Our Ears Here’s another reason your mother was right about keeping up music lessons—there’s a long-term health benefit. Some musicians have fewer age-related hearing problems than non-musicians, according to a study at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute in Toronto. Many people experience the...
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    Lieutenant-Colonel Dan Drew has seen any number of soldiers blown up by IEDs (improvised explosive devices). He was one of roughly 200 Canadians embedded with an Afghan brigade of 3,000 in Kandahar province for seven months in 2008, a time when “there were a lot...
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    Health File

    February 29, 2012 by Sharon Adams
    Preparing For Winter Living The shortest, darkest day of winter has thankfully passed, but Canadians still have the two coldest months to endure. Here are tips, bits of news and observations to help you be prepared to welcome spring with a healthier body and in a...
  • Triumph On The River: Outward Bound Veterans

    February 3, 2012 by Dan Black
    There is clarity here—found in the crystal blue glacier water and up along the golden ridges and swaying pines separating land from sky. It also emerges from the words and playful anticipation of those who have arrived—out of uniform—to canoe the braided channels and rapids...
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    Inside The Blast: Part 2: The Science Of Armour

    January 21, 2012 by Sharon Adams
    Captain Nichola Goddard of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Shilo, Man., was a forward observation officer during a firefight with the Taliban roughly 24 kilometres west of Kandahar in May 2006. She had been standing in the turret of a LAV (light armoured vehicle),...