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  1. The State of Research on Human–Animal Relations: Implications for Human Health

    Contributor(s):: Wells, Deborah L.

    Since the late 1970s, scientific evidence has accumulated showing that pet ownership can have positive effects on people’s physical and mental wellbeing. This paper reviews the current state of affairs regarding the relationship between companion animals and human health, focusing on both the...

  2. Does cat attachment have an effect on human health? A comparison between owners and volunteers

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    Contributor(s):: Filipa Alexandra Benchimol da Silva Garcia Dinis, Thais Lima Fernandes Martins

    Cat owners and volunteers from a rehoming centre were given the Lexington Attachment to Pet Scale (LAPS) questionnaire to assess their level of attachment to their own or rescue cats. In addition, heart rate and blood pressure were measured 10 minutes before, during, and after spending time with...

  3. The Effect of Human-Animal Interaction on Human Cardiovascular Health

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    Contributor(s):: Felicia Trembath, Emily Patterson-Kane

    More than 2,150 Americans die from cardiovascular disease (CVD) daily, an average of 1 death every 40 seconds (Go et al., 2014). In any given year, approximately 620,000 Americans suffer their first coronary attack, and 295,000 have a repeat attack. Even though rates of CVD declined between 2000...

  4. Oct 30 2014

    Health Matters: The Human-Animal Health Connection

    Animals get the same diseases and afflictions as humans, including breast cancer, arthritis, stress — even nymphomania. Sharing information between human health care providers and veterinarians can...

  5. Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy (CAAT) at the University of North Texas

    The Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy (CAAT) at the University of North Texas (UNT) was established in 2002 to support the field of animal assisted therapy. The CAAT promotes human and animal welfare through the partnership of people and pets. The mission of the Consortium for Animal...

  6. Animal-Assisted Therapy

    Contributor(s):: Kayla Blasz

    Animals are an important influence on the well-being andhealth of humans. Exposure to animals in a therapeutic settinghas, historically, had physical, physiological, andpsychological benefits to humans’ health. Animal-assistedtherapy (AAT) is a proposed effective therapy method for avariety of...

  7. The Burden of Parasitic Zoonoses in Nepal: A Systematic Review

    Contributor(s):: B. Devleesschauwer, A. Ale, P. Torgerson, N. Praet, C. Mairtens de Noordhout, B.D. Pandey, S.B. Pun, R. Lake, J. Vercruysse, D.D. Joshi, A.H. Havelaar, L. Duchateau, P. Dorny, N. Speybroek

    BackgroundParasitic zoonoses (PZs) pose a significant but often neglected threat to public health, especially in developing countries. In order to obtain a better understanding of their health impact, summary measures of population health may be calculated, such as the Disability-Adjusted Life...

  8. K9to5

    We are a national therapy dog organization committed to enriching the lives of those in nursing homes, hospitals, schools, and more. We strive to make therapy dog work available to every interested person through affordability and accessibility—while maintaining the highest safety standards.

  9. Asia - Human health risks from the human-animal interface

    | Contributor(s):: J. Otte, D. Grace

    Growing populations and rising living standards in ‘developing countries’ fuelincreasing consumption of food, particularly of higher value food items such as fruit, vegetables, andanimal source food (meat, milk, eggs and fish). Asia, with more than half of the world’s populationand its high...

  10. Surveillance and Reporting of Zoonotic Diseases: Perception of Partnership and Communication Between and Among State Animal Health Officials and State Public Health Veterinarians

    | Contributor(s):: Kimberly L. Mcdonald, Steven G. Little, Angeleque Akin-Little

    The transmission of zoonotic diseases from wild and domestic animals to human beings is considered a global public health threat. Developing guidelines to establish communication between and among animal health and health public agencies is paramount. Constant monitoring of the exchange of...

  11. The Effects of a Therapy Animal on College Student Stress and Arousal

    | Contributor(s):: Michelle Bjick, Katharine Hill (adviser)

    Colleges are facing increasing levels of distressed students and need a wide variety of tools to assist them. One such modality is animal-assisted interaction; an integrative practice with minimal side effects. This study attempted to demonstrate that spending time with animals will decrease a...

  12. Historical Perspectives on the Human-Animal Bond

    | Contributor(s):: Hines, Linda M.

  13. Human-animal relationships: from daily life to animal-assisted therapies

    | Contributor(s):: Marine Grandgeorge, Martine Hausberger

    Humans have a long history of relationship with domestic animals and nowadays pets often act as "social substitutes" through bonding. There is some evidence that pet presence at home may induce well being in people and the development of social skills in children. Animal assisted therapies aim at...