Archive | November, 2012

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Study Music! A Musical Prescription for Stressful Times

Posted on 26 November 2012 by Hao Li (Meds 2016)

It’s that time of the year again! And as always, it can be a pretty painful procedure. So, I’ve decided to mix up a little anesthetic for you. You will find below an intricate, well-balanced, painstakingly compiled (exaggeration) playlist of relaxing pieces from the classical literature, spanning from the ancient Baroque (early 17th to the mid-18th century) all the way to somewhat contemporary times (1950’s). Some of them you may have heard (especially Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze”), and others you may not (for example, Liszt’s Second Concerto for Piano and Orchestra). European composers dominate the programme, but I’ve also included two non-European works which you may find highly fascinating. The first one, Mathieu’s Concerto de Québec, comes from, (believe it or not), our own Québec, Canada! And because I hail from a Chinese background, I just had to include our immortal Butterfly Lovers as part of the repertoire. All of these works are very long, therefore you don’t have to worry about constantly switching songs. So enjoy, and I hope that you will find inspiration and strength in these wonderful treasures that have been graciously passed down to us! Continue Reading

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A night in the ER, Halloween edition

Posted on 12 November 2012 by Jimmy Yan (Meds 2015)

The streets were alit with the haunting orange glow of jack-o-lanterns; overhead, thick, dark clouds billowed over the sky, almost smothering out any last glimmers of daylight. Add to it, a coldness to the air that is enough to send out some chills, and boy, does it ever feel like Halloween. Continue Reading

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Busting Coffee’s Contradictions

Posted on 02 November 2012 by Angela Smith (Meds 2016)

After water, coffee is the drink consumed most by Canadians. Sometimes it seems that during studying for exams and those early mornings that just seem way to early to be in class, I think I may drink more of it then water.  And I don’t necessarily feel alone as I see many students line up with me or bring in their own coffee concealed in their travel cup every morning.  For students caffeine is our drug of choice. But as we sip (or guzzle down) our morning coffee do you ever wonder what the health effects of coffee are? Let’s debunk some of the common myths, and look at some of the new research regarding our beloved cup of joe. Continue Reading

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