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.

Jenkins Randall D MD
(503) 280-3620
501 N Graham St Ste 340
Portland, OR
Beers Douglas MD
(503) 413-4340
2800 N Vancouver Ave Ste 230
Portland, OR
Gareth A Tabor MD PHD
(503) 659-6710
2236 SE Washington St
Portland, OR
Olson Deanna K
(503) 353-0888
3250 SE Llewellyn St
Portland, OR
Prescott Gerald H DMD Facmg
(503) 297-3660
9555 SW Barnes Rd
Portland, OR
Women's Health Today
(503) 239-6800
5050 NE Hoyt St Ste 421
Portland, OR
Baskin Heather MD
(503) 418-4579
Ohsu Center For Wome
Portland, OR
(503) 292-9560
9427 SW Barnes Rd Ste 590
Portland, OR
Grossman Chas M Phy
(503) 223-2018
610 SW Alder St
Portland, OR
Connolly Bonnie A MD
(503) 221-0161
800 SW 13th 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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