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Laughter really is the best medicine!

     I came across this video recently and if it made me laugh and that reminded me how important laughter is. Apparently, even the Bible (Proverbs) recognizes the healing power of laughter. Someone said it is the glue that holds friendships together and I would say the same thing about marriages. I don’t remember being so amused by my husband when I dated him but now he can win almost every fight (or should I say disagreement) if he gets me to laugh. There is even a laughter club started by Dr Madan Kataria who lives in Mumbai, India and there are clubs all over the place to teach us to laugh. I remember going to a talk by my good friend, Hedy Schleifer, where she laughed until every single person in the room was laughing with her!

     This week’s medical video headlines include:

  •      A drug-free and inexpensive way to help kids feel better. Hospital visits by a puppy named Swoosh are the key, according to Mary Jo Gilmer, PhD and Director of Palliative Care Research at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Reseachers at five sites across the country are enrolling 120 families in the study.
  •      A transplant that is delivered warm instead of cold. Our report updates our story on Lung in a Box and the new technique stretches the window to get the lungs into the recipient from 8 hours to 12 hours…a huge difference in transplant terms. Dr. Abbas Ardehali , Director of UCLA Heart, Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Programs at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is a big proponent.
  •      A new ear for Henry. Dr Sam Marzo at Loyola Medicine explains the advances in prosthetics. The ear that Henry Fiorentini has will last 3 to 5 years and Dr Marzo says the 3-D printers will be making them after that.

     Our first special report this week will give you lots of reasons to say no to sugar. Registered dietician, Amy Jarnieson-Petonic, has the facts.

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