Companion Pets

Companion Pets How Pets Help Mesothelioma Patients Cope In the 1800s, Florence Nightingale wrote that a pet “is often an excellent companion for the sick.” Today, researchers and medical professionals agree that animals play a valuable role in comforting humans who are suffering from stress or a serious illness, such as mesothelioma. A number of studies over the past 25 years have focused on the healthful benefits of pets: Visits with a therapy dog helped heart and lung function by lowering blood pressure, diminishing release of harmful hormones and decreasing anxiety in hospitalized heart failure patients. Animal-assisted therapy can reduce the loneliness of patients in long-term care facilities. In a study of 100 Medicare patients, seniors who owned dogs had 21% fewer doctor visits than those who did not. Average medication costs per patient per day dropped 68.9% in new nursing homes that had animals and plants as an integral part of the environment. Researchers at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center in New York found that companion animals, especially cats and dogs, had a beneficial impact on adult caregivers while caring for a spouse who had cancer. A clinical nursing observation on the therapeutic value of pets for patients with Alzheimer’s disease suggests that pets help alleviate loneliness and emotional isolation and increase communication, social interaction, and sensory stimulation. Animal-Assisted Therapy (ATT) Often, chronically or terminally
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Asbestos Exposure Symptoms One of the most frightening things about the symptoms of asbestos exposure is that they can appear 10, 20 or even 40 years after an individual has been exposed. When clinical symptoms do become apparent, they may closely resemble those related to other health problems. Asbestos exposure symptoms can vary widely from person to person, depending on how long they were exposed for and how much damage the substance has done to their body. Below are some common symptoms of asbestos exposure: Shortness of breath that gets progressively worse Wheezing Dry cough that worsens over time Chest pain Dry “crackling” sound in the lungs when inhaling or upon examination Unexplained weight loss Loss of appetite General fatigue (anemia) Failure of the right side of the heart, called cor pulmonale Frequent lung infections “Clubbing” of the ends of the fingers and toes Cyanosis, a bluish discoloration of the fingers and lips It is important to understand that being exposed to asbestos does not automatically mean you will develop symptoms of asbestos exposure or get seriously ill. There are a number of factors to be considered in evaluating your risk for asbestos-related health problems. These factors include: How long ago you were exposed to asbestos Where you were exposed (the source) The amount (dose) of asbestos you were exposed to The duration (how long) of your exposure The frequency of your exposure The size, shape and chemical makeup of the
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