A service dogThe role of the service dog has expanded immensely over the last few decades. Years ago, service dogs were used only to assist the blind. But these days, dogs have been trained to help with everything from hearing to mobility. And now, service dogs can add dementia-assistance to their resume, as several dogs in Scotland have recently been trained to help patients with the disease - with astonishing results.
How can a dog help a person diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia? 'Dementia dogs' can be trained to remind their owners where their clothes are, which medicines they should take, and even raise an alarm in case of an emergency.
"Dogs love routine. They love that predictability," said Helen McCain of Dogs for the Disabled in an interview with BBC News. "By using that hook, we can then teach the dog to actually sort of remind people by the sound of an alarm to go and get the medication at the allotted time of the day."
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A service dogThe role of the service dog has expanded immensely over the last few decades. Years ago, service dogs were used only to assist the blind. But these days, dogs have been trained to help with everything from hearing to mobility. And now, service dogs can add dementia-assistance to their resume, as several dogs in Scotland have recently been trained to help patients with the disease - with astonishing results.Read More »from 'Dementia Dogs' Give Patients Back Their Lives
- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Love + Sex – Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:52 AM EDT
Scientists have found that long-distance relationships are more meaningfulAlthough to the uninitiated, long-distance relationships may seem doomed to failure, a recent study has looked at how communication media - video chatting, phone and text-based - can affect the intimacy of couples who don't live near each other.Read More »from Long-distance Relationships Work Better, Study Finds
Some 3 million Americans live apart from their spouses because of work, education or other situations. Earlier studies have looked at the issues that plague these kind of relationships, like jealousy, loneliness, and stress, but now researchers are also looking at the brighter side of not sharing a home.
As the study notes, the public and even many scholars firmly believe that geographic proximity and frequent face-to-face contact are necessary for developing mutual understanding, shared meanings, and emotional attachment in romantic relationships. But researchers from the City University of Hong Kong and Cornell University wanted to expand on previous work that examined happiness in long-distance relationships. To do so, they recruited 63
How safe is it for dogs to be near grass after its treated?Do you take as much pride in your lawn as in your adorable pooch? A recent study found that dogs exposed to lawn care chemicals can have a higher bladder cancer risk. Once contaminated with those chemicals, dogs also can pass these chemicals to their owners, children and other pets in the house.Read More »from How Lawn Chemicals Affect Dogs
The study, published in Science of the Total Environment, found that the incidence of lawn chemicals in the urine of pet dogs was widespread - even among dogs in households where chemicals were not applied.
Researchers at Purdue University and the University of North Carolina applied herbicides to grass plots under different conditions (e.g., green, dry brown, wet, and recently mowed grass) and tested for their presence up to 72 hours after the lawn treatment.
Also read: How to protect your dog from overheating this summer
Some common herbicides - specifically 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), 4-chloro-2-methylphenoxypropionic acid (MCPP), and dicamba - remained detectable on
Google Glass is cool, but is it safe for young eyes?Google Glass hasn't even hit the market, and already tech reviewers everywhere are buzzing with questions about its viability as a game changer in the world of technology.Read More »from Is Google Glass Safe for Kids?
For those of you who don't know, here's a brief decription of what it even is: Google Glass is essentially a wearable computer, eyeglass-type spectacles that project a small image just to the top right of your field of vision. Basically, you wear it all the time, and therefore have the capabilities of a smartphone anywhere and everywhere, without even touching an actual device. You say things like, "OK, Glass, take a picture" and "OK, Glass, send a message to Dad." And it'll do just that - record video or send a message to your father.
But concerns have been raised about Glass when it comes to kids wearing the device, mostly because Google issued a warning on its Glass FAQ page about the use of its product by children. "Don't let children under 13 use Glass as it could harm developing vision. Also, kids might break
Cats can be fickle travelersFamily vacations are no longer just for two-legged children. According to a study by AAA and Best Western International, more than half of U.S. pet owners take their cats and dogs with them when they travel.
If you're looking to hit the road or fly the skies with your canine companion or feline friend, we've got tips to make the trip as smooth as possible.
Road trips with Rover
- Trial run. Before embarking on a long trip, take some shorter drives to see how your pet responds. Does he get anxious? Car sick?
- Buckle up. About 30,000 accidents are caused each year by an unrestrained dog in the front seat, according to the AAA. Pets freely wondering the vehicle aren't only a distraction to the driver, but they're also more likely to be injured in the event of an accident. You can help ensure a safe trip by restraining your furry friend with a pet barrier, pet seat belt, pet car seat or travel crate.
- Keep heads and paws inside. Your dog may enjoy sticking his head out the
This beard could have unique health benefitsAre the hipsters on to something?Read More »from 5 Health Benefits of Beards (Yes, Beards)
Charles Darwin first noted an evolutionary explanation of beards in "The Descent of Man," in which he hypothesized that the process of sexual selection may have led to beards. (Yes, you read that right.) Females find hirsute suitors sexy. And although detractors may deny it, modern biologists have reaffirmed Darwin's theory with evidence that the ladies find mates with beards more attractive than their clean-shaven brethren.
(And to you beard-weary women out there who disagree, we apologize if you receive a link to this article, courtesy of your beard-defending partners.)
Also read: Why does facial hair grow faster in the summer?
But beyond a beard's magical magnetic allure, experts suggest that men with beards and mustaches enjoy additional benefits; specifically, better health. Here's what they say:
1. They protect against the sun
A study from the University of Southern Queensland, published in Radiation Protection Dosimetry journal, found that
The perfect cure for a migraine?"Feel-good" natural sex chemicals - endorphins - are known to help alleviate pain (that's why laughter is the best medicine; when we laugh, we release endorphins). But a great session with your lover results in significantly more endorphins released by your brain than a good belly laugh. So much so that they can be a significant pain reducer for migraines and other headaches (and sex has plenty of other health benefits, too).Read More »from Sex is Better for Headaches Than Painkillers
According to The Daily Mail, in a study at the University of Munster in Germany (reported in Cephalalgia, the journal of the International Headache Society), neurologists collected data for longer than two years on 400 people who had two different types of headaches. Turns out that some people either didn't care that their head was hurting, or maybe knew that sex could help, because 33 percent of those surveyed made love while having head pain. "Of those, 60 percent of migraine patients and 36 percent of men and women with cluster headaches had an improvement in
Dogs in UK need microchips, according to a new lawAll dogs in England must be microchipped by April 6, 2016, or their owners will face a fine of up to $800, according to a new law.Read More »from Dogs in England Must Be Microchipped by 2016
Britain's Environment Department is mandating microchipping to help reunite owners with pets, relieve the burden on animal charities and protect the welfare of dogs by promoting responsible ownership.
Stray animals currently cost British taxpayers and charities nearly $80 million a year.
Also see: What to do if your pet goes missing
"It's a shame that in a nation of dog lovers, thousands of dogs are roaming the streets or stuck in kennels because the owner cannot be tracked down," Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said in a statement. "Microchipping is a simple solution that gives peace of mind to owners."
About 60 percent of Britain's 8 million pets - including dogs, cats and rabbits - already have microchips, which can be scanned and matched to their owners' details.
Microchips will remain optional for cats because they generally spend less time
What does your smile say about her health?Even if your teeth look white and pearly and have no cavities, symptoms in your mouth could spell trouble for other areas of your health. "If your eyes are a window into your soul, your mouth is a gateway into your health," says Sanda Moldovan, DDS, MS, CNS, a Beverly Hills periodontist.Read More »from 7 Things Your Mouth Can Reveal About Your Health
"The way I treat patients who come to me, I connect the mouth with the rest of the body because I do believe we're a unit, and we're no longer separating the two," says Moldovan.
Seems what's going on below can directly impact the teeth, the gums and the mouth, so never ignore an oral problem. Here, some things your mouth can reveal about your health:
Bleeding gums = Hormonal imbalance
Hormone receptors are embedded in your gum tissue. During pregnancy women may experience bleeding gums, not because of a problem with a tooth but because their hormones have gone a little haywire. Ditto for menopause. Women also have more sensitive gums during their menstrual cycle, so you might avoid a trip to the
Should you leave money for your dog in your will?Even on a bad day, I can't imagine life without my dog Lulu. My mother enjoys reminding me that Lulu has no reason to leave - even if the door stood wide open. Evidently, the dog has trained me well. But neither of us is getting any younger, and I do think about would happen to Lulu if I weren't around.Read More »from How to Include Pets in Your Estate Plans
Would another caregiver know that she loves peanut butter but hates bananas? Would they check behind her food bowl for pills because that's her favorite hiding place?
Thinking about death can feel morbid, but a good game plan is the best way to ensure that pets are protected. Here are a few tips to help you establish a long-term pet care plan.
Create a pet care plan - and share it
Write a detailed list of everything associated with caring for your pet. Include dietary restrictions, favorite toys and even temperament issues. All of this information will help identify friends or family members who may be up for the task.
Also see: These pets inherited a fortune
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