Comedy Clubs Burlington VT

The notion that laughter is good medicine is older than Henny Youngman. But study results measuring laughter's effect on health have been mixed.

Fletcher Allen Health Care
(802) 847-4914
Burlington, VT
 
Bowman Kym Phys
(802) 863-9001
23 Mansfield Ave
Burlington, VT
 
Fletcher Allen Health Care
(802) 847-3572
Burlington, VT
 
Hebert Christopher MD
(802) 864-0677
28 S Williams St
Burlington, VT
 
Osteoporosis Center
(802) 847-8897
111 Colchester Ave
Burlington, VT
 
Hudziak James Phys
(802) 847-4563
1 S Prospect St
Burlington, VT
 
Powell Hannah S MD
(802) 862-4334
86 Lake St
Burlington, VT
 
Bellomo Stephanie MD
(802) 864-0693
789 Pine St
Burlington, VT
 
Wagers Scott Phys
(802) 847-1158
111 Colchester Ave
Burlington, VT
 
Hussain Sarah Phys
(802) 847-3572
1 S Prospect St
Burlington, VT
 

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A recent study suggests the venerable comedian’s ability to make you laugh hard just may strengthen your immune system. Well, not just Cosby—theoretically, anything that gives you a good hearty guffaw will do.The notion that laughter is good medicine is older than Henny Youngman. But study results measuring laughter’s effect on health have been mixed.

To find out just how funny something has to be to trigger beneficial physiological changes, researchers at Indiana State University, in Terre Haute, pulled together a group of 33 healthy women and asked some of them to watch a video of Bill Cosby performing, while the rest sat dutifully in front of a travel video.

Mirth levels were gauged using a tool developed by lead researcher Mary Bennett, a professor of nursing and associate dean at ISU. Using her Humor Response Scale, an observer rated each woman’s reaction along a continuum from “no humor response” to “nearly continuous laughter, plus belly laughter or other spontaneous body movements.” Researchers also used blood tests to measure participants’ levels of natural killer (NK) cell activity. NK cells destroy virus and tumor cells and are considered an important measure of activity in the immune system. For the nine Cosby-watching women who demonstrated serious hilarity, NK cells were found to be significantly more active. But those who watched the video without cracking up actually showed decreased NK activity. Apparently, say the researchers, just seeing the man slip on the banana peel isn’t enough. You’ve got to think it’s really funny.

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