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Defeat depression by Dr Sabina Dosani, Infinite Ideas

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51. Animal magic

We’re used to seeing dogs leading the blind or assisting the deaf, but did you know pets can help nurse you back to health? Find out why this is no shaggy dog story.

Pets bring fun to dull days, introduce you to new friends and never tire of your voice.

They won’t ditch you when times are tough and nobody seems to care. Instead they offer friendship and pleasure that can help ward off sadness.

Puppy love

The Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts has had a pet visiting programme for almost a decade. Volunteers bring dogs and cats to visit seriously ill patients in intensive care. Nurses have observed that pet visits ease loneliness and decrease symptoms of depression.

Talk to the animals

Researchers in Los Angeles ...

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