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The Pawsitive Effect of Therapy Dogs in a Hospital Emergency Department

The overwhelming majority of people attend a hospital ED for pain. The harsh ED environment, including long wait times and stark lighting, has been shown to increase patients’ perceived pain. In 2015, Saskatoon St. John Ambulance therapy dogs and their human handlers were the first to... click to read more

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Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 14, 2023
How your body knows to shout ‘ouch’

Ouch! — we often can't help shouting when stubbing a toe or getting a finger squashed in a door. These are everyday experiences that elicit pain. But how do we actually recognize those experiences as painful? Why is pain precious? Pain sensing begins with specialized nerve... click to read more

  • Lou Beaulieu-Laroche | PhD Student at McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 5, 2021