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By bringing "peace and serenity to a stressed mind," aquariums may help calm patients with Alzheimer's disease, according Nancy Edwards, Ph.D., professor of nursing at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. She and her associates found that after exposure to fish tanks, 60 Alzheimer's patients are 17% more relaxed than they had been previously, and were less disruptive. Fish tanks seem to calm nervous patients, said Louie Ortiz of West Coast Aquarium Industries, a company in San Diego that has designed aquariums for physician offices, waiting rooms, and hospitals. He told Indications that the porcupine puffer fish excels at calming patients--they interact with people, and "have the greatest personality ... almost like a dog."

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Title Annotation:Indications; aquariams may help calm Alzheimer's patients
Author:Berger, Joanne M.
Publication:Family Practice News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 15, 2003
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