University of North Georgia (UNG) graduate students Tommy Otley (shown walking dog), Mitchell Aarons and Erin McCarthy (shown walking dog) have been working with associate professor of physical therapy Dr. Sue Ann Kalish on guide dog research. Among the major findings is that guide dog use sharply reduces the risk of falls for visually impaired people, a result which College of Health Sciences and Professions Dean Dr. Teresa Conner-Kerr said UNG is the first to uncover. But an increase in joint pain complaints is also noted in these individuals after switching from other mobility aids to a guide dog, according to the research.

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