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AT LEFT:
Gene Cocke with Dr.
Susan Funk's dog
Lucy.

Simply petting a dog decreases
the level of stress hormones
that regulate breathing,
lower the blood pressure and
releases oxytocin, a hormone
related to bonding and affection
both in dogs and humans.
According to a story in VOA Science and News,
Megan Hosey, a psychologist, has initiated a study
to see if dogs improve patients' well-being. The study
will be completed in about two years, then she and
the rest of the medical community will have data on
the impact therapy dogs have on patients.

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ABOVE:
Mabel Cochran,
therapy dog Skittles
and Rowana Okun.

More than a dozen registered therapy dogs and their
handlers are part of Mayo Clinic's Caring Canines
program. They make regular visits to various hospital
departments and even make special visits on request.
The animals are a welcome distraction and help reduce
the stress and anxiety that can accompany hospital visits.
When it comes to health care, "going to the dogs"
has become a plus, according to research reported to the
American Heart Association. Researchers discovered
that just a 12-minute visit with man's best friend
helped heart and lung function by lowering blood
pressure, diminishing release of harmful hormones and
decreasing anxiety among hospitalized heart failure
patients. Benefits exceeded those that resulted from a
visit with a human volunteer or from being left alone.
The dogs of 12 different breeds would lie on patients'
beds so patients could touch them while interacting

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