Day: February 11, 2021

THERAPY

Therapy Dog Training and Certification

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Training your dog to become a certified therapy dog is a wonderful way to bond and spend quality time together. Therapy dogs are dispensers of unconditional love and affection.

But first, your dog will need to undergo basic training so that they have the good manners, social skills and exposure to the different types of settings required for this type of volunteer work.

Therapy dogs are different from service dogs. “A service dog is a dog that has been trained to perform specific tasks to assist a person with a disability,” says Dr. Mary R. Burch, a certified applied animal behaviorist and AKC Family Dog director. “A therapy dog is a dog who volunteers with their pet parent to provide comfort and support to people in settings such as schools, hospitals and assisted living facilities.”

Once a therapy dog achieves certification, they may be allowed on airplanes and public transportation

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HEALTH

SA cricket legend Graeme Pollock on the mend after latest health setback


Graeme Pollock (Gallo Images)

  • SA cricket legend Graeme Pollock is on the mend following his latest health setback.
  • The 76-year-old, who’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease as well as colon cancer, has been in hospital for a procedure, but is likely to be released on Monday. 
  • Pollock’s health struggles have taken a toll on his finances.

Fears over the health of Graeme Pollock, one of South Africa’s greatest cricketers, has been allayed to an extent following his latest hospitalisation.

The 76-year-old’s well-being has been indifferent ever since he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease as well as colorectal cancer.

According to a close friend, who asked to remain anonymous, Pollock had been admitted for a “groin operation”, though one Twitter user alleged that he was in emergency surgery to clear a bowel obstruction.

Nonetheless, it’s understood that the elegant left-hander, who averaged 60.23 in 23 Tests before South Africa’s

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HEALTH

DA, national health department in spat over vaccine comments


DA MP Geordin Hill-Lewis (Photo: Lerato Maduna)

  • The national health department wants the DA to apologise for allegedly misrepresenting comments by one of its senior officials.
  • The department said its DDG did not suggest that National Treasury delayed SA’s Covid-19 vaccine acquisition.
  • The DA says it will not retract, nor apologise, for the statement it issued last week.

The national Department of Health has called on the DA to apologise for misrepresenting comments by one of its senior officials, relating to the National Treasury and the delay of Covid-19 vaccine acquisition.

According to the department, the DA’s Geordin Hill-Lewis “incorrectly and purposefully” misrepresented comments made by the health department’s deputy director-general, Dr Anban Pillay, in a recent interview published in the Financial Mail.

“Dr Pillay did not suggest that the National Treasury delayed South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccine acquisition,” health department spokesperson Popo Maja said in a statement.

He said

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THERAPY

Achy backs. Sore necks. Working from home has created new demand for physical therapy. ‘Your body just can’t handle it.’ | Nation

Joyce Brodsky was always more of a sunbather than a swimmer.

But after COVID-19 began spreading, sitting in chairs by her condominium pool was no longer allowed, and the only place to catch the sun was in the deep end.

So Brodsky, 76, of Lincolnwood, Ill., began doing the backstroke. Eventually, she worked her way up to 60 laps at a time.

After a couple of months, she felt throbbing pain in her upper arms. She learned she had torn rotator cuffs and arthritis in her shoulders, which may have been aggravated by her new exercise routine. She started physical therapy in September.

“I wanted to get exercise, and I wanted to take advantage of the sun in the pool,” Brodsky said. “I kind of thought being in the water would help me because water is supposed to be therapeutic.”

Across the country, aching backs, necks and shoulders brought on

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THERAPY

Eli Lilly says its antibody therapy helps prevent Covid-19 in nursing homes

The study findings were described in a company news release, but Eli Lilly noted that the full results will be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed clinical journal.

Nursing home residents who received the drug — known as LY-CoV555, also called bamlanivimab — had up to an 80% lower risk of contracting symptomatic Covid-19 versus residents in the same facility who received a placebo, according to drugmaker Eli Lilly.

The findings suggest a key preventive use of the antibody treatment, which was issued an emergency use authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration in November to treat mild to moderate coronavirus infections in adults and children. The treatment is administered as an infusion in a hospital or other health care setting.

Eli Lilly now will consider requesting FDA regulators to extend the drug’s authorized emergency use from being just to treat Covid-19, but also to prevent the spread of … Read More

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