Benefits of Having a Dog

Dog ownership may be linked to lower risk of dying from heart disease, study suggests

USA Today (11/18, Rossman) reported that research published in Scientific Reports suggests “having a dog could” be linked to “a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.”

        Bloomberg News (11/17, Cortez) reported that investigators “analyzed the health records of 3.4 million people in” Sweden. The data indicated that people who owned a dog “were less likely to have cardiovascular disease or die from any cause during the 12 years covered by the research.”

TIME (11/17, MacMillan) reported that “the protective effect was” particularly “prominent for people living alone, who have been found to have a higher risk for early death than those who live with other people.”

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