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.

Pasanen Mark E Phys
(802) 847-8300
310 Pine St
Burlington, VT
 
Tufo Henry M Phys
(802) 847-4531
1 S Prospect St
Burlington, VT
 
Koutras John MD
(802) 847-4563
1 S Prospect St
Burlington, VT
 
Fletcher Allen Health Care
(802) 847-1600
Burlington, VT
 
Emery Edward MD III
(802) 847-2788
111 Colchester Ave
Burlington, VT
 
Norotsky Mitchell C Surg
(802) 847-4152
111 Colchester Ave
Burlington, VT
 
Fletcher Allen Health Care
(802) 847-4690
Burlington, VT
 
Kalsner Louisa MD
(802) 847-4589
111 Colchester Ave
Burlington, VT
 
Health & Mental Health
(802) 864-6309
Burlington, VT
 
Fletcher Allen Health Care
(802) 847-4563
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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