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Dogs may lower stress in children with autism

October 20, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A small new study has found that specially-trained service dogs may reduce stress in children with autism.Researchers at the University of Montreal said the children in their study showed a decrease in levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.

Previous studies have shown that dogs can help autistic children in social situations and improve their daily routine.

However, this is the first time that dogs have been shown to have a physiological effect.