Show: October 21, 2012:
- What guidelines dictate the treatment of childhood aggression?
- Can early pet exposure reduce allergies?
- What mental health and substance abuse issues do baby boomers face?
- Does environment affect food consumption?
- Besides humans, what other mammal can be infected by West Nile Virus?
- How does the bond between an animal and a human benefit human health?
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How does the bond between an animal and a human benefit human health?
Interview: Rebecca Johnson, R.N., Ph.D., associate professor of nursing and Millsap Professor of gerontological nursing and public policy at the University of Missouri.
Having pets has long been touted as a source of fun and relaxation. Rebecca Johnson, R.N., Ph.D., associate professor of nursing and Millsap Professor of Gerontological Nursing and Public Policy at the University of Missouri, talks with Kathy Miller, M.D., about her studies about the health benefits for senior citizens who have pets. She found that interacting with pets on a regular basis can lower stress and increase levels of oxytocin, prolactin and norepinephrine, all hormones related to joy, nurturing and relaxation.