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.
TheStreet (May 29, 2014) Industrial hemp advocacy and the therapeutic bent to agriculture both come to a head in Healing Grounds, an organization started this year by Fred-Curtis Lewis, a 36-year-old vet whose brother, Mike, ... watch video
AP (Aug. 30, 2016) Scientists in Hungary say they have evidence showing that dogs understand at least some of what humans are saying. Researchers scanned brains of dogs as their owners spoke to determine what part of ... watch video
AFP (Dec. 5, 2011) Children with learning difficulties work with trained dogs in class to learn to communicate better, build vocabulary and gain self-confidence - a first in the French ... watch video
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
Sep. 30, 2016 Two caffeine-based chemical compounds have been developed that show promise in preventing the ravages of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease attacks the nervous system, causing uncontrolled ... read more
Sep. 29, 2016 From scissors and staplers to car keys and cell phones, we pass objects to other people every day. We often try to pass the objects so that the handle or other useful feature is facing the ... read more
Sep. 29, 2016 Despite the fact that influenza leads to more hospitalizations and deaths among children than any other vaccine-preventable disease, parents frequently decline vaccinating their children against ... read more
Sep. 29, 2016 Researchers report they have identified a protein that enables a toxic natural aggregate to spread from cell to cell in a mammal's brain -- and a way to block that protein's ... read more
Sep. 29, 2016 A new type of nanodevice for computer microprocessors is being developed that can mimic the functioning of a biological synapse -- the place where a signal passes from one ... 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