Humor & Illness


Laughter modulates prorenin receptor gene expression in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Hayashi T, Urayama O, Hori M, Sakamoto S, Nasir UM, Iwanaga S, Hayashi K, Suzuki F, Kawai K, Murakami K.
CONCLUSION: The beneficial effects of laughter on preventing the exacerbation of diabetic nephropathy are strongly suggested in terms of normalizing the expression of the prorenin receptor gene followed by reducing the level of blood prorenin. J Psychosom Res 2007 Jun, 62:703-6

The Ability to pun may be retained in Alzheimer disease.
Hawkins DB, Graff-Radford NR
This case report describes an 81-year-old female with moderately severe Alzheimer disease who, in spite of some severe cognitive deficits, is able to express impressive humor through the extensive use of puns. Neurocase 2007 Feb, 13:50-4

A laugh a day may keep death further away.
By Marilyn Elias, USAToday March 13, 2007
Adults who have a sense of humor outlive those who don't find life funny, and the survival edge is particularly large for people with cancer, says Sven Svebak of the medical school at Norwegian University of Science and Technology - Not everyone buys that view. "I'm very skeptical," says William Breitbart, psychiatry chief at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.


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