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.

Women's Health Care Clinic of
(503) 256-1470
10000 SE Main St Ste 110
Portland, OR
Providence Medical Group
(503) 215-9500
440 NW Division St
Portland, OR
Peterson Christina MD PC
(503) 656-9844
19001 SE McLoughlin Blvd
Portland, OR
Albrich Jerald E MD
(503) 216-2195
9205 SW Barnes Rd
Portland, OR
Portland Cardiovascular Institute
(503) 257-0959
10201 SE Main St Ste 10
Portland, OR
Levanda Carole MD
(503) 294-3038
1130 NW 22nd Ave
Portland, OR
Collins Michael S MD
(503) 229-7353
1130 NW 22nd Ave Ste 120
Portland, OR
Williams Sandra MD
(503) 215-9700
545 NE 47th Ave Bsmt
Portland, OR
Hollywood Vision Center
(503) 284-2000
4000 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
Burford Patricia
(503) 215-1755
5050 NE Hoyt St Ste 157
Portland, OR

Beneficial Belly Laughs

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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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