Studies show when people pet an animal, their blood pressure goes down along with stress and anxiety. That's why therapy dogs are increasingly found in schools, counseling centers and even in hospitals. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on two hospitals that use therapy dogs to help patients on their medical journey.
October 24th was World Polio Day. This year’s celebration was special since it was officially announced that the wild poliovirus type-3 has been globally eradicated. It’s the second of the three types of wild polio viruses to be eliminated. Coming up, on the Science Edition of Press Conference USA, Rick Pantaleo and VOA Health Reporter, Carol Pearson, talk with Ellyn Ogden of USAID and Dr. Jay Wenger of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, about the progress made and challenges that remain.
The initiative to end polio has been a long haul. It has been going on since 1988, and, while it's close, it's not finished yet. The good news is that the disease has been reduced by 99.9%. But as we hear from VOA's Carol Pearson, the poliovirus is stubbornly hanging on in Pakistan and Afghanistan.