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Newsletter with stories and facts about pets and how they can make people healthier.

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  • those with no pets. {5}

    Pet owners also ap-

    peared to have a faster

    recovery from stress

    when with their pets

    rather than with their

    friend or spouse. {5}

    Several other stud-

    ies have shown that

    dog owners get

    more exercise, are

    more physically

    active, and are less

    likely to be obese,

    because they walk

    their pets regularly.

    {5}

    The pet population na-

    tionwide, only counting

    cats a dogs, has grown

    by over 120 million in

    the past 40 years. {5}

    There have always been

    studies and research on

    how pets can affect a

    persons health, how-

    ever just recently these

    studies have grown and

    developed to suggest

    that having pets can

    help to improve a per-

    sons cardiovascular

    health. {5} Just re-

    cently there was an Na-

    tional Institute of

    Health (NIH)-funded

    study that looked at

    421 adults who had

    suffered from heart

    attacks. {5} Scientists

    discovered that one

    year later, the dog-

    owners of the group

    were more likely to still

    be alive than those who

    did not have a dog, re-

    gardless of the severity

    of the heart attack. {5}

    A differ-

    ent study

    looked at

    240 mar-

    ried cou-

    ples. {5}

    Those

    who

    owned a

    pet for the most part

    had lower

    heart rates

    and blood

    pressure,

    while un-

    der a lot of stress or in

    a relaxed state, than

    Mans Best Friend Becomes Mans Savior

    Animal-assisted Therapy Jasmine was a dog that

    belonged to a young

    boy who knew from the

    moment he met her

    that he wanted her to

    be a therapy dog. {3}

    He exposed Jasmine to

    all sorts of situations

    with mall, parks, other

    dogs, children in stroll-

    ers, etc. {3} One day

    they were walking

    through a hospital and

    passed an elderly

    woman who was clearly

    agitated, accompanied

    by a nurse. {3} They

    walked in and the

    nurse put Jasmine on

    the bed. {3} The

    woman immediately sat up

    and hugged Jasmine, talked

    with her, rocked her back

    and forth and stroked her

    back until the woman fell

    asleep. {3} That is when the

    nurse told the boy that this

    woman was deeply agitated

    and nobody and nothing

    could get her to sleep until

    Jasmine. {3}

    MICDS

    November 24, 2009 Volume 1, Issue 1

    Pets: Making the World

    Healthier Once House at a Time

    Special points

    of interest:

    Heart-warming stories

    about pets helping

    people during their

    toughest times

    Facts you didn't know

    about your pets

    Facts and statistics

    that will make you

    take a trip to the pet

    store

    The miraculous capa-

    bilities pets had that

    you had no idea

    about

    Inside this issue:

    All About Animals

    Puzzle 2 Furry Friends Re-

    lieving our Stress 2 Did you Know? 2 The Cure to Cancer

    is a Sniff Away! 3 Vi, the Seeing Eye

    Dog 3 Prison Pet Partner-

    ships 3 Bibliography 4

    A husband and wife out

    getting exercise by walking

    their four-legged friend.

  • -Simply watching a

    fish tank versus a bare

    wall for 30 minutes

    lowers blood pressure

    significantly {2}

    -97 % of pet owners

    talk to their pets {2}

    -A group of patients suf-

    fering from depression

    who participated in daily

    water exercises with dol-

    phins saw significant

    improvements over a

    -In the United States, 63

    percent of households

    own at least one pet {2}

    -In one study, patients

    who spent a short

    amount of time with a

    dog before upcoming

    treatment operation ex-

    perienced a 37 %

    reduction in their anxi-

    ety levels {2}

    group who performed

    the same exercises with-

    out dolphins. {2}

    Inside Story Headline

    Did you Know?

    Who Knew our Furry Friends Could Relieve Stress?

    pet. {1} Pets also encour-

    age exercise, whether it

    is walking a dog because

    they need it or that peo-

    ple generally enjoy walk-

    ing more when they have

    companionship, pet

    owners are for the most

    part in better shape than

    non-pet owners. {1}

    Whether it is a dog, cat,

    guinea pig, bunny, horse

    or snake, having a pet is

    like having a friend that

    will always be there to

    keep you company. {1}

    Last but not least, a test

    was run that found that

    when conducting a task

    that is stress related,

    people react better and

    cope with their stress

    better when their pets

    were with them than

    when a friend or spouse

    was there. {1}

    Owning a cat or dog can

    make you healthier by

    improving your mood,

    encouraging exercise,

    helping with social sup-

    port, and providing you

    with a friend and uncon-

    ditional love. {1} There

    was a recent study that

    showed that men with

    AIDS were less likely to

    show symptoms of de-

    pression if they had a

    Simply

    watching a

    fish tank

    versus a bare

    wall for 30

    minutes

    lowers blood

    pressure

    significantly

    Page 2

    Pets: Making the

    World Healthier

    Caption describing pic-

    ture or graphic.

    A man with a wide

    smile spending time

    with his cheerful pup

  • Ovarian cancer kills two-

    thirds of the 22,000

    women diagnosed with it

    each year. {6} The rea-

    son it kills so many peo-

    ple is because it is usu-

    ally caught after it has

    spread beyond the ova-

    ries, and at that point

    there is very little hope.

    {6} The Pine Street

    Foundation, a cancer

    education and research

    center in San Anselmo,

    California, has high

    hopes to one day train

    dogs to sniff out early-

    stage ovarian cancer.{6}

    In 2006 the foundation

    suggested through a

    study that it was possi-

    ble to train dogs to,

    through a breath sam-

    ple, sniff out which pa-

    tients had lung cancer

    and which had breast

    cancer. {6} Now, all that

    the scientists need to do

    is figure out what col-

    lection of molecules are

    unique to ovarian caner,

    pancreatic cancer, and

    lung cancer, and develop

    a test to find those. {6}

    Diabetes is also detect-

    able. {6} Scientists and

    still perfecting the study,

    but they know that when

    ones blood sugar drops,

    the body sends out cer-

    tain chemicals through

    the breath, which dogs

    could learn to detect.{6}

    extremely low rate of

    recidivism, only one in-

    mate has ever had to re-

    turn to the prison. {7}

    In 1981, a program was

    started called the Prison

    Pet Partnerships and it

    began at the Washington

    prison. The idea of the

    program is that inmates

    train and care for service

    and guide dogs to assist

    the blind and disabled.

    {7} More than 600 dogs

    have joined the program

    since it began. {7} The

    released inmates who

    trained and took part in

    the program have an

    Training the dogs, for the

    inmates, teaches and

    practices the values of

    hard work, kindness,

    consistency and love. {7}

    Pets of any kind can

    bring the best values to

    even the worst people,

    and everyone should be

    amazing at the wonders

    they achieve.

    The Cure to Cancer Could be a Sniff Away

    Prison Pet Partnerships

    Vi, the Seeing Eye Dog when they're in the hos-

    pital." {9} Vi is a retired

    seeing-eye dog that was

    donated to the Childrens

    Inn as their first live-in

    dog. {9} For such a sick

    child, bonding with a pet

    the way that these chil-

    dren have an opportu-

    nity to do, has several

    benefits. {9} "There are

    many studies showing

    that pet therapy is one of

    the different avenues

    outside traditional care

    that can aid in healing,"

    states the co-founder

    and coordinator of a pe-

    diatric program at the

    National Cancer Insti-

    tute. {9} No matter how

    sick any of the children

    are, Vi never fails to put

    a smile on their face. {9}

    The Childrens Inn is a

    place to house sick chil-

    dren dealing with dis-

    eases such as cancer,

    HIV and heart, lung and

    bone disorders. {9} The

    spokeswoman of the inn

    explains how she be-

    lieves that having a live-

    in pet gives the kids the

    opportunity to forget

    about the pokes, prods

    and needles they receive

    In 2006 the

    foundation

    suggested

    through a study

    that it was

    possible to train

    dogs to, through

    a breath sample,

    sniff out which

    patients had

    lung cancer and

    which had

    breast cancer.

    Page 3

    Volume 1, Issue 1

    The wet snout of a dog

    ready to sniff out can-

    cer and save millions

    Several jail inmates train-

    ing and bonding with their

    four-legged friends

  • Annabelle Cella

    26 Thorndell Dr.

    St. Louis, Missouri

    63117

    Phone: 314-277-0995

    E-mail:

    acella@rams.micds.org.

    MICDS

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    2. How Stuff Works. Jennifer Horton. Web. 21 Nov. 2009. .

    3. Love on 4 Paws Animal Assisted Therapy. 2009. Web. 15 Nov. 2009.

    4. Lubbock 31 July 2009. Print.

    5. NIH News in Health. NIH, Feb. 2009. Web. 15 Nov. 2009. .

    6. Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Support Communiry. 16 Aug. 2009. Web. 17 Nov.

    2009..

    7. Pet place.com. Web. 17 Nov. 2009. .

    8. The Healing Power of Pets. 1st ed. Library of Congress-In-Publication Data, 2002. Print.

    9. The Washington Times [Washington D.C.] 25 Dec. 2008. Print.

    10. Digital image. Web. 15 Nov. 2009. .

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    Bibliography

    Organization

    Resources:

    1. Local

    St. Louis Humane Society

    1201 Macklind Avenue

    St. Louis, MO 63110

    (314) 951-1562

    2. National

    International Association of

    Assistance Dog Partners

    38691 Filly Drive

    Sterling Heights, MI 48310

    eames@iaadp.org

    3. School

    Book from the MICDS

    McCulloch Library

    Kindred Spirits: how the Re-

    markable Bond Between Hu-

    mans and Animals can Change

    the way we Live by Allen M.

    Schoen

    Published New York : Broadway

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    ISBN 0-7679-0431-1

    4. Website

    http://

    newsinhealth.nih.gov/2009/

    February/feature1.htm