On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the village of Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut.
After the shooting, 10 dogs and 18 handlers were dispatched from the Chicago headquarters of Lutheran Church Charities to Newtown and help children at Sandy Hook Elementary as well as the Newtown High School to overcome trauma related to the mass shooting.
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AP (Aug. 22, 2014) The University of Northern Colorado has launched a pilot program this year to allow students to bring their cats or dogs to live with them in the dorms. Officials will allow pets under 40 pounds in a ... watch video
Washington Post (Nov. 11, 2015) Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury train puppies to become service dogs for fellow wounded warriors. The work can actually alleviate their own symptoms. The ... watch video
AP (July 18, 2013) Putting children to bed at the same time every night could help boost their brain power when they are older. Mathematics, reading, and spatial awareness are claimed to be the main areas of ... watch video
Feb. 10, 2016 Modern men increasingly value brains over beauty when choosing long-term mates, say researchers. While the common view is that our mate choices are evolutionarily "hardwired" in our brains and ... read more
Feb. 10, 2016 New insight has been gained into how the brains of drug addicts may be wired differently. The findings show that while drug users have very strong motivation to seek out 'rewards,' they exhibit an ... read more
Feb. 9, 2016 The use of a structured, task-oriented rehabilitation program, compared with usual rehabilitation, did not result in better motor function or recovery after 12 months for patients with moderate upper ... read more
Feb. 10, 2016 Those with schizophrenia who'd been physically abused during childhood were five times more likely to have attempted suicide, a new study shows. The lifetime prevalence of suicide attempts among ... read more
Feb. 10, 2016 Researchers report an estimated 12.5 percent of adults living in the United States use marijuana, but this research also shows that the rate of pot use did not double from 2002 to 2013 — as had ... read more
Feb. 10, 2016 People with a condition linked to obesity that causes them to stop breathing in their sleep could be helped by new research. The study could lead to new treatments for the condition called central ... read more
May 12, 2015 Mass shootings at the hands of unhinged loners - such as those in Aurora, Colo.; Santa Barbara, Calif., and Newtown, Conn. -- perpetuate a commonly held belief that mental illness triggers violent ... read more
Apr. 11, 2013 Post-traumatic stress disorder affects nearly 8 million adults in any given year, federal statistics show. Fortunately, clinical research has identified certain psychological interventions that ... read more