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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 1,2013 Page7 You can email your questions to postgazette@aol.com to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-hearted! Thanks. Positive Side Effects of Pet Ownership for Children Dogs and other animals can help children cope with a variety of ailments depression, emotional disorders and even poor immune function. Pets are also good preventive medicine for healthy children to help them avoid developing allergies, increasing weight or becoming social outcasts. Pets can also teach children empathy and compassion. Children in dog-owning families have more traditional val- ues, better academic achievement and greater respect for their parents. Medical advantages: This isn't just anecdotal hearsay, it's the subject of numerous medical studies conducted around the world, many of which are found at the Delta Society. A Swedish study found that pet exposure during the first year of life was associated with a lower prevalence of aller- gic rhinitis and asthma in children ages 7 to 13. A large scale survey of 11,000 Australians, Chinese and Germans found that pet owners made up to 20 percent fewer annual visits to the doctor than non-pet owners. A study of 256 children, ages 5 to 11 years, in three schools in England and Scotland found that kids with pets had fewer sick days. A study of 100 children younger than 13 years who owned cats found that more than 80 percent said they got along better with family and friends. Studies have linked family ownership of a pet with high self-esteem in young children and greater cognitive devel- opment. Children with pets at home score significantly higher on empathy and pro-social scales than non-pet owners. Stress busters on a leash: What is it about animals that make them so special around children? Experts, overwhelmingly zone in on their ability to decrease stress because they offer love and affec- tion unconditionally. In one survey, 70 percent of families reported an increase in family happiness and fun after they acquired a pet. Also, the presence of a dog during a child's physical examina- tion or dental treatment has been found to decrease the child's stress and anxiety. When under stress, our chemical make up changes and a multitude of stress hormones are introduced in the body. Ultimately, these hormones cause inflammation in our cells. Petting an animal, hearing its soft breathing, feeling its heart beat, looking into its sweet eyes, knowing that the pet needs us and that we need the pet, creates feelings of love and a corresponding influx of chemicals from the brain that are calming and comforting and create a sense of well-being and happiness. Families across the world have harnessed one of the most powerful medicines of all unconditional love from a furry, four-legged healthcare worker who is on-call 24 hours a day and doesn't require a paycheck. As the girls at the Post-Gazette would say who needs Obamacare when we have Freeway! Excuse me boss, can we talk about that paycheck! Hellol That's all for now! Featuring... 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Back row: Third place winners Claudio Primavera and Walter Scaramella, runner-up Gianni Pera, first place winner Frank Zarba and third place winner Bruno Razza. Local recording artist Frank Zarba re- cently travelled to Naples to participate in the 14 m annual 50 e' Piu Italia In ... Canto competition and won first place for singing '0 Sole Mio. After his win, Zarba commented, "I dedi- cate this song to my mother and father and all the Italians who live in America." The son of an Abruzzo Italian-American mother and a Sicilian father, Zarba, 78, sang the song with such emotional expression that the audience gave him a standing ovation. "I am a son of Italy, I grew up with Italian and Neapolitan music," he said. Born in Boston to a family of musicians, he has not forgotten his roots and said he grew up with music in his heart. As he put it, "My first love is my wife, the second is the music." For more information on the competition, visit the website at www.5Oepiu.it. Reality Show Boston's Finest Premieres From left to right Boston's Finest's producers Donnie Wahlberg, Julie Jarrett and Seth Jarrett. On February 20 th, Mayor Thomas Menino joined Diane Modica to Guest Speak at Kiwanis Club of East Boston On Tuesday, March 5 th at 6:00 pm, the Kiwanis Club of East Boston will welcome guest speaker Diane Modica, president of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce. The meeting will be held at Spinelli's (Day Square) beginning at 6:00 pm. Please RSVP by contacting Kiwanis President Ed Col- etta at 617-797-2683 or edmund.coletta @state. ma. us. Donnie Wahlberg, Julie and Seth Jarrett, TNT and Xfinity in the hometown screening premiere of the new TNT show, Boston's Finest. The program takes a look at the lives of Boston police officers both on and off the job and lets viewers get a Boston Mayor Thomas Menino with Donnie Wahlberg. personal look at the lives of these officers. 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