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Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture May Not Help Hot Flashes
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
Birds Don't Miss a Beat
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Beware of Dog Bites
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
CANCER
Vitamin C Shows Promise as Cancer Treatment
Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
Yoga Eases Sleep Problems Among Cancer Survivors
CAREGIVING
Newborn Screenings Now Required Across U.S.
Hospital Volume Imperfect Gauge of Cancer Surgery Outcomes
3 Steps Might Help Stop MRSA's Spread
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
DIABETES
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Compound in Berries May Lessen Sun Damage
Breakfast Eggs Keep Folks on Diet
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
EPA Alerts Seniors to Carbon Monoxide Dangers
Hurricane Threats: Time to Batten Down the Hatches
FDA Faulted for Stance on Chemical in Plastics
EYE CARE, VISION
Certain Diabetes Drugs May Pose Eye Risk
It's a Whole New Outlook for Cataract Patients
Protein Might One Day Prevent Blindness
FITNESS
Higher Fitness Levels Tied to Lower Heart, Death Risks
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
Stressed and Exhausted: An Introduction to Adrenal Fatigue
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men
A Little Alcohol May Help the Heart: Studies
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
Pool Chemicals Raise Kids Allergy, Asthma Risk
MEN'S HEALTH
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
MENTAL HEALTH
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Breast-Fed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
SENIORS
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins Varies Widely
Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
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Laughter Can Stimulate a Dull Appetite

Laughing can boost the appetite in the same way that exercise does, a finding that could help people eat more when they're sick or depressed, a researcher says.

"The value of the research is that it may provide those who are health-care providers with new insights and understandings and thus further potential options for patients who cannot use physical activity to normalize or enhance their appetite," Dr. Lee S. Berk, a preventive care specialist and psycho-neuro-immunology researcher at Loma Linda University's Schools of Allied Health and Medicine in California said in a news release from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

Berk and a colleague have studied laughter and contend that "Laughercise" -- their term for repetitive "mirthful laughter" -- boosts the immune system.

In the study, Berk and colleagues recruited 14 volunteers to watch different kinds of videos -- funny or distressing -- over a three-week period.

Those who watched funny videos experienced changes in hormone levels that are linked to greater appetite. The changes are similar to those experienced by people when they exercise moderately.

"We are finally starting to realize that our everyday behaviors and emotions are modulating our bodies in many ways," Berk said.

The study was to be presented at the annual Experimental Biology meeting, April 24 to 28, in Anaheim, Calif.

SOURCES: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, news release, April 26, 2010 Published on: April 26, 2010