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.

Surgical Associates PC
(503) 229-7339
1130 NW 22nd Ave Ste 500
Portland, OR
 
Putz Eric J MD
(503) 229-7554
2222 NW Lovejoy St
Portland, OR
 
Chan Anita Y MD Frcog Facog
(503) 254-1399
177 NE 102nd Ave
Portland, OR
 
Allergy Asthma & Dermatology Associates PC Phys
(503) 294-1866
Portland, OR
 
Jarvis Noel MD
(503) 274-1054
1130 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR
 
Northwest Cancer Specialists
(503) 297-7403
9155 SW Barnes Rd Ste 740
Portland, OR
 
Dreyer Richard F MD
(503) 274-2121
2525 NW Lovejoy St Ste 100
Portland, OR
 
Ahmad Asma MD Mph Facog
(503) 254-1399
177 NE 102nd Ave
Portland, OR
 
Adventist Health Medical Clinics
(503) 253-2248
10201 SE Main St Ste 12
Portland, OR
 
Rosenfeld Sally MD
(503) 413-8449
1200 NW 23rd Ave
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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