Monthly Archives: December 2016

Pets Provide ‘Unique’ Support To People With Mental Illness

Our pets bring us joy and comfort, and they sometimes even help us when we are ill. But while the usefulness of a companion animal in the case of physical conditions has been accepted and well-documented by the medical community, there is less research available on the role of pets in mental illness. A new study aims to fill this

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Resistance To Drug Of Last Resort Found In Farm Animals In U.S.

Carbapenems are one of the most important classes of antibiotics used in humans and are an important agent against multi-drug resistant bacteria. Now, for the first time, bacteria that carry a transmissible carbapenem resistance gene have been found in agricultural animals in the United States. The research is published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a journal of the American Society

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Stress In Domestic Cats: New Review Discusses Causes And Management

Pet cats can suffer from stress triggered by a variety of events and situations, including conflicts with other cats and changes to routine. While cats can adapt, sometimes the stress can be too much, with negative effects on their health. When stressed, cats may stop exploring and hide away for long periods of time. Image credit: Marta Amat, Autonomous University

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Older Adults Who Might Benefit From Pet Ownership Often Face Barriers

Older adults – particularly if they are struggling to make ends meet – are at high risk of illness and emotional disorders, the effects of which can be greatly reduced by pet ownership. A pet provides companionship to an older person and can also boost their well-being. In a paper published in the journal Activities, Adaption & Aging, researchers review

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Study Points To Potential Monitoring Approach For Personalized Treatment Of Spinal Cord Injuries

Researchers have developed a urine test revealing the presence of a neurotoxin that likely worsens the severity and pain of spinal cord injuries, suggesting a new tool to treat the injuries. The neurotoxin, called acrolein, is produced within the body after nerve cells are damaged, increasing pain and triggering a cascade of biochemical events thought to worsen the injury’s severity.

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Living With Pets Linked To Stronger Social Skills In Children With Autism

A new study suggests that not only having pet dogs in the home but also living with cats, rabbits and other animals as pets may help children with autism improve their social skills. New research suggests living with any kind of pet is linked to increased social skills in children with autism. Previous studies show that pets encourage social interaction,

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Pets Provide Key Social And Emotional Support

Pet owners appear to fare better than other people with regard to physical fitness, self-esteem, being conscientious, being more socially communicative, not worrying so much about things, and being less fearful in general, researchers revealed in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The authors added that pet owners did not bond to their animals at the expense of relationships

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