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.

Wohlberg Jeri
(802) 864-0693
789 Pine St
Burlington, VT
 
Vecchio James Phys
(802) 847-8865
111 Colchester Ave
Burlington, VT
 
Fletcher Allen Health Care
(802) 847-8950
Burlington, VT
 
Fletcher Allen Health Care
(802) 847-4548
Burlington, VT
 
Weissgold David J MD
(802) 864-3937
181 Saint Paul St
Burlington, VT
 
Maitri Healthcare For Women
(802) 862-7338
96 Colchester Ave
Burlington, VT
 
Brandes Melissa MD
(802) 863-1313
1205 North Ave
Burlington, VT
 
Muss Hyman B Phys
(802) 847-8400
111 Colchester Ave
Burlington, VT
 
Nickerson Krista Cnm
(802) 847-1400
111 Colchester Ave
Burlington, VT
 
Hood Virginia MD
(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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