Comedy Clubs Portland OR

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

Baum Geoffrey E DO Orthopedic Surgeon
(503) 231-1086
2820 SE Steele St
Portland, OR
 
Gilster Jason C Phy & Sur
(503) 297-1351
Portland, OR
 
Johnson Steven W MD PHD
(503) 494-7230
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
 
Derek S Lipman
(503) 223-4959
2525 NW Lovejoy St Ste 208
Portland, OR
 
Providence Medical Group
(503) 215-4050
1321 NE 99th Ave Ste 100
Portland, OR
 
Batiuk Thomas D MD
(503) 229-7976
1130 NW 22nd Ave Ste 640
Portland, OR
 
Gulick Cynthia DO
(503) 620-5556
11970 SW Greenburg Rd
Portland, OR
 
Medico Support Services Inc
(503) 227-8286
202 NW 20th Ave
Portland, OR
 
Schmidt James F MD PC
(503) 234-0996
5050 NE Hoyt St
Portland, OR
 
Northwest Pet & Companion Fair 2007
(503) 229-7976
1130 NW 22nd Ave Ste 640
Portland, OR
 

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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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