Photo: Four-year-old springer spaniel named Murphy; Copyright: Jane Smith

Dogs reduce distress of patients waiting for emergency hospital care

13/05/2019

A visit from a dog can reduce the distress of patients waiting for emergency treatment in hospital, a study by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) shows.
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Graphic: A silhouette of a wheelchair dancing couple; Copyright: panthermedia.net/StellaL

Bonn to host 2019 World Para Dance Sport Championships

17/04/2019

The 2019 World Para Dance Sport Championships are coming to the home of the Paralympic Movement in Bonn, Germany. From 29 November to 1 December, more than 210 athletes from 20 countries will light up the dance floor in the former German capital.
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Photo: A woman with a guinea pig; Copyright: REHAB Basel

Animal-assisted therapy improves social behavior in patients with brain injuries

17/04/2019

Animal-assisted therapy can foster social competence in patients with brain injuries and increase their emotional involvement during therapy. These were the findings of a clinical trial conducted by psychologists from the University of Basel and published in the journal Scientific Reports.
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Photo: Elderly lady cuddling with her dog; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Monkeybusiness Images

Pets help older adults

12/04/2019

A curled-up cat, a tail-wagging dog, a chirping parakeet or even a serene goldfish may help older adults cope with mental and physical health issues, according to a new national poll.
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Photo: Sandra Glöckler; Copyright: Rolli auf Trab

"Horse riding is a sport people with and without impairments are able to experience together on equal footing"

20/04/2017

More self-confidence and independence – things you can learn from horse riding for example. People with disabilities can take this important step with "Rolli auf Trab" (English: Trotting with Wheelchairs). REHACARE.com spoke with Sandra Glöckler of "Rolli auf Trab" about the lust for life that horse riding inspires and the interaction and experiences with the animals.
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