Dogs and Our Health: The Benefits of our Furry Friends

For thousands of years, dogs have been domesticated and bred to have qualities humans deemed suitable–a literal transformation from wild animal to man’s best friend. They are our companions, friends, family, and service dogs. That feeling we get when we see our furry friend jump with joy, give us a kiss (and accidentally hit us with that wagging tail!) is well known. The health benefits of dog ownership, however, is often less talked about. Here, we round up the scientific evidence of how dogs can significantly enhance health and quality of life.

Care Guidelines to Prevent Acute COPD

The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) and the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) announced in October 2014 the release of Prevention of Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: American College of Chest Physicians and Canadian Thoracic Society Guideline in the journal CHEST.

Solve the Medical Riddle: Her Daughter Feels as Though the Room is Shrinking, First Week

By Marie Savard MD

Editor’s note: Welcome to our ThirdAge feature that gives you a chance to play medical sleuth as we share the details of what happened when a patient presented with a problem that stumped the physician at first.

Psoriasis-Hypertension Link

Patients with more severe psoriasis are also more likely to have uncontrolled hypertension, according to research done at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Through a cross-sectional study using information collected from a medical records database, the results provide further evidence of a strong link between psoriasis and hypertension. The results were published in October 2014 in JAMA Dermatology.

Discovery May Help Prevent Blindness

A team of researchers at the Institut de Researches Cliniques de Montréal (IRCM) led by Michel Cayouette, PhD discovered that a protein found in the retina of the eye plays an essential role in the function and survival of light-sensing cells that are required for vision. These findings could have a significant impact on the understanding of retinal degenerative diseases that cause blindness. The study was published in Octoner 2014 in The Journal of Neuroscience.


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