At rehab hospital, this four-legged friend offers his own brand of medicine



a woman sitting next to a dog: Toby and REHAB Hospital of the Pacific's Kasey Alexander work with patient Lakeisha Sato. The canine is part of the hospital's rehabilitation team, assisting in physical and occupational therapy sessions.


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Toby and REHAB Hospital of the Pacific’s Kasey Alexander work with patient Lakeisha Sato. The canine is part of the hospital’s rehabilitation team, assisting in physical and occupational therapy sessions.

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – At REHAB Hospital of the Pacific, a 2-year-old yellow labrador offers his own brand of medicine.

Toby is the four-legged member of REHAB’s staff.

“He’s here Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 4. He works a full day and sees many many patients,” said Kasey Alexander, REHAB’s animal-assisted clinical therapist.

“He goes to every floor and even visits the outpatients.”

Patient Lakeisha Sato is getting stronger thanks to Toby. Their toss and retrieve exercises are helping her regain the use of her left hand.

“When I knew I could do it and I had support from staff and a dog, oh, that was even better!” she said.

Alexander is Toby’s handler. They’ve worked together since August, helping with physical, occupational and even speech therapy.

“We have some patients that have strokes and brain injury. They may struggle even saying his name,” she said.

Toby was trained by Assistance Dogs of Hawaii to obey 90 commands. His disposition is a bonus.

“He just brings comfort and healing and just a lot of joy, especially in the midst of a pandemic when there’s limited visitors,” Alexander said.

Sato has two weeks to go before she goes home to Maui. Toby has taught her a valuable lesson.

“Don’t give up. It gets easier,” she said.

Alexander survived cancer and was a REHAB patient before joining the team.

“I wanted to give back, and I wanted to bring some healing, some hope to people,” she said.

She knows how tough the road to recovery is and how Toby lightens patients’ loads.

“He may start chasing his tail. He may role on his back to get belly rubs. He knows exactly what they need at that moment,” she said.

Alexander is also a licensed mental health counselor. She teaches people how to counter stress through grounding and breathing exercises, and practicing gratitude.

Toby has his own methods that work wonders.

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Travis Roy, a hockey player, son, and friend, has died

But last month, shortly before the surgery, when we met for what would be the last time, at his Vermont home overlooking Lake Champlain, he didn’t want to talk about that.

He didn’t want people to worry about him. Not the paralyzed people and their families whom he had counseled and helped. Not the young hockey players, boys and girls, who had met and been inspired by him.

After so many years in a wheelchair, getting through and healing from such surgery posed many serious risks to his health. He wanted to engage in this fight with only his family and closest friends knowing of the threat it posed to his life.

He never had the luxury of dealing with his hockey injury privately. His was the most public of catastrophes, witnessed by thousands of fans at the Walter Brown Arena at Boston University. His was a story that would eventually be known by millions.

Travis Roy watched a BU hockey game in 2005.
Travis Roy watched a BU hockey game in 2005.Hunt, Justine Globe Staff

What happened when he was just 20 years old, only 11 seconds into his first shift as a Boston University Terrier, fulfilling a dream that he pursued with singular determination since he first laced up skates as a boy in North Yarmouth, Maine, was a sobering reminder of how fragile life is, of how vulnerable even elite athletes are.

The random cruelty that befell him touched so many. So many people, especially in New England, felt it vicariously.

What was truly extraordinary and inspirational was how Travis responded to his catastrophic injury. Within a year, he returned to BU.

Rather than concentrate fully on his own rehabilitation, which on its own was overwhelming, he began thinking of ways to help others in similar circumstances. In a culture that is notably self-absorbed, his reaction was to use his own tragic situation to create opportunities for those in similar circumstances with less support and resources.

Boston University players celebrate around former player Travis Roy, center top, and the Hockey East Trophy after defeating New Hampshire 4-2 in the 1997 Hockey East Finals.
Boston University players celebrate around former player Travis Roy, center top, and the Hockey East Trophy after defeating New Hampshire 4-2 in the 1997 Hockey East Finals.WINSLOW TOWNSON

He was just 21 years old, still trying to figure out how to negotiate a wheelchair around the BU campus, when he started a foundation to help fund research and buy adaptive equipment for others who are paralyzed.

Travis raised millions for the foundation, but just as important he raised spirits, of people living with paralysis and their families, and awareness, so that others who knew nothing about paralysis might be moved to act.

Anyone who heard him speak will know what I mean when I say he was awe-inspiring in the most understated way. Just by telling his story, Travis provided one of life’s greatest gifts: perspective.

In his moments of despair, and given the hand that life dealt him they were remarkably rare, Travis worried about being a burden.

During our last conversation, he talked of especially not wanting to be a burden to his parents, Lee and

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1 in 12 no longer speaking to friend because of a COVID row

The study found around a quarter of people had had an argument with a friend or family member about their attitude towards the pandemic. (Getty)
The study found around a quarter of people had had an argument with a friend or family member about their attitude towards the pandemic. (Getty)

Over half of Brits say they’ve felt angry about another person’s behaviour in relation to the pandemic and 1 in 12 have stopped speaking to someone due to an argument about COVID-19, a study has found.

The study by King’s College London found 53% of people had felt angry with others they knew because of their behaviour in relation to the coronavirus pandemic.

They found the number was even higher among people who used social media to get most of their information about the pandemic (69%), people who viewed the virus as a risk to themselves (62%), and people who find coronavirus stressful (67%).

Dr James Rubin who took part in the study said: “Covid-19 has caused – or revealed – tension within the population. As restrictions were eased, more people were out and about, making it is easier to see who was sticking to the rules and who was not.”

The numbers become even starker when only friends and family are considered.

Around a quarter of people said they had had arguments with friends or family about how to behave during the pandemic.

This almost doubled when the respondent got a lot of their information from social media.

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Dr Louise Smith, senior research associate at King’s Colleg London said: “People who rely on social media for information about the pandemic, as well as those who believe a conspiracy theory about face masks, were more likely to have reported anger or having been involved in confrontations with others.

“This highlights the importance of combatting misinformation on coronavirus and making sure that information published from all sources about coronavirus and protective measures is reliable.”

Money worries also led to increased arguments, with 42% saying they’d fallen out with a family member and also had financial issues.

The study also found 8% of people had stopped talking to a friend or family because of a disagreement about the pandemic.

Those who got their information primarily from social media platforms like WhattsApp, Twitter, YouTube, or Facebook were four times more likely to no longer be on speaking terms with someone close after an argument around the pandemic.

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The study also found nearly one in five people (18%) have confronted someone for not staying a sufficient distance away from others or for being in too large a group.

Just over one in 20 (6%) reported having been confronted themselves for not wearing a face mask, and one in 20 (5%) say they’ve been reported to the authorities for failing to do so.

Conversely, one in 12 people (8%) say they’ve confronted someone for not wearing

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Are Migraines And Teeth Connected? Your Dentist May Be Your Best Friend

Do you suffer from frequent migraines? If you have been searching for what it seems like forever on how to treat migraines there is one more option you should consider.

There is growing evidence that migraines and teeth could be related as a source of migraine headaches. Some people are finding that the dental correlation to this devastating painful condition is often not considered.

You may be thinking I would never consider going to the dentist to treat a migraine but there is a good possibility that your dentist may have the answer to your migraine headaches.

As you read this article you will discover the top two causes of dental migraine headaches.

We will also discuss the type of treatment you would receive for each condition.

Finally you will have to go to a dentist to determine if your migraines are connected to your dental problems. We will also discuss some of the payment options that are available to pay for your dental visits.

This condition could be a major cause of migraines.

If there was ever such a thing as a dental migraine temporomandibular joint dysfunction or TMJ may be the cause of it. Since TMJ is a condition of the jaw some of the main reasons that cause it are grinding of the teeth and an improper bite.

To understand how TMJ can cause migraines your jaw is actually connected to the temporal bone of the skull. Any condition in your jaw that causes pain can migrate up the temporal bone to your head and this can cause a headache which can eventually lead to a migraine.

A fairly recent development in the dental field to treat TMJ is a device called a NTI. It has been found to be effective in relieving tension headaches which can transition into a migraine. If fits on your front teeth and stops the teeth from clenching and grinding. You wear it while you are sleeping and it can do wonders.

This may be a simple solution to stopping migraine headaches.

This next condition is similar to TMJ. The difference is that it is not necessarily a problem with the jaw but can also cause migraines by grinding of the teeth. This usually happens when we are sleeping and we aren’t even aware we are doing this.

There is only one way you can tell if you are grinding your teeth and that is to go to the dentist. This can usually be easily fixed by your dentist prescribing a specially fitted mouth guard that you will wear while you are sleeping.

Your next step is going to the dentist.

What if stopping your migraines is as simple as getting treatment for the two conditions we have discussed in this article?

You are going to have to go to the dentist to explore this possibility. Of course when you say dentist you know it may be a lot of money out of your pocket.

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A Dentist and a Friend

Most dentists will tell you they did not get into dentistry for the money. Although you may find some procedures to be very costly, it usually doesn’t translate into big profits. Your teeth are easy to ignore when cash is tight. Instead of going for monthly cleanings, you probably will only go to the dentist if you’re in pain. As a result, bad economic times hit dentist quickly and can destroy a dentist’s practice.

Like most of us, I’ve been through my fair share of dentists. Back around 2003, a good friend of mine recommended a dentist, Dr. William Tessler, a.k.a Billy. I first met Billy in the midst of a tooth gone very bad. I was certain that the tooth needed to be extracted. Billy was uncomfortable removing the tooth, so we did a root canal which ended up saving the tooth.

Dr. Tessler was somewhere in his 60s when I met him and working a full time schedule. As I looked around his office I noticed pictures of him from his youth. Billy had passed a good portion of his life in North Miami Beach, a town my father had also enjoyed. It didn’t take long for me to change Billy’s place in my mind from dentist to friend, and later to mentor. Our mutual interest in dentistry and shared common values made for a great experience every visit.

Around a year or so after becoming Billy’s patient, I ran into a problem with a tooth at 3am. I was in such extreme pain that I had no choice but to call him at home. I was hoping that Billy would call in something for pain and was surprised when he said “meet me at the office”. When I arrived at the office I was even more surprised when Billy showed up with his wife to assist him. Billy worked on that tooth until 6am, at which point he went home for 2 hours sleep so he could make it back for his 9am appointment.

While my first experience with a bad tooth led to a root canal, this was not the norm. Root canals were done only after every other attempt was exhausted to repair the tooth. Billy demonstrated to me that his goal was not to run up a big bill, quite the contrary. Billy understood that a two-thousand dollar root canal and crown changes most people’s economic status for at least a month or two. He also knew that the end result could be putting off necessary visits including cleanings. Bottom line, he was a genuine doctor who always did what was in the best interest of the patient.

I can remember many times that a patient would show up with no money. I never saw Billy turn away a patient in pain. I learned a lot from Dr. Tessler. He taught me a lot about dentistry and life in general. Here are some of the things that I would recommend to anyone who’s shopping …

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