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  • Rx Laughter
    equipped to deal with mental health Here in Thailand there is a lack of psychologists and psychiatrists at hospitals In the southern part of Thailand there is only 1 psychiatrist for 4 southern provinces Adding Rx Laughter humor therapy will help us to explore ways that improve the mental condition of our patients This is very beneficial to the hospital and to our patients as we find new ways to help improve their overall well being Tanadej Sinthusake MD Director of the National Cancer Institute Mahavajiralongkorn Cancer Center in Thailand Therapeutic Educational Workshops Therapeutic Educational Workshops individualized Since March of 2014 Harvard Undergraduate Stand Up Comedy Society members continue to volunteer for Rx Laughter with on site visits to the Franciscan Hospital for Children s inpatient behavioral disorders unit Our most recent visit was on Satuday Nov 28 2015 Thank you to Harvard volunteers Anthony Zonfrelli Daniel Fitzpatrick Alex Iascone for getting us off to a strong start that continues to evolve and strenthen with each visit Thank you to Brian Duffy Head of Nursing at Franciscan Hospital for support of this uniqueprogram Past Rx Laughter Therapeutic Educational Humor workshops include UCLA Semel Neuropsychiatric Institute for veterans and pediatric cancer

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  • Laughter, Humor and Pain Perception in Children: A Pilot Study -- Stuber et al. 6 (2): 271 -- Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    the bottom indicating the least amount and 10 at the top indicating the greatest amount The scale also had two types of visual cues color cues graded from white at the bottom to dark red at the top and facial expression cues with a neutral face at the bottom and a negative facial expression at the top Pain intensity was assessed immediately after each trial with participants providing a VAS rating in response to the question At its worst how much pain did you feel This was one of the primary dependent variables Laughter and Smile Rating Participants were observed by a researcher in the room who coded incidents of smiles and of laughter Raters had been trained to have excellent inter rater reliability This was one of the primary independent variables Subjective Humor Rating Participants were asked to rate how funny the video was that they watched This was added to control for the possibility that despite prior testing the videos would not be perceived as equally funny and not be effective in eliciting laughter The How funny was it measure was a vertical visual analogue scale anchored with a sad face and the words not funny at the bottom and a happy face with the words very funny at the top Kids were asked to mark 1 of 21 not numbered points between these two anchors to indicate how funny they thought the video clips were This was used to monitor that the videos were seen as humorous The Trials There were three cold pressor task trials i baseline which was before watching a funny video ii after watching a funny video and iii while watching a funny video Participants and their parents were brought to the pain laboratory before the trials began were shown the equipment and were given an explanation of the procedures Each child was then asked to give written assent and each parent asked to give written consent on IRB approved consent and assent forms Parents then left the laboratory and remained in the waiting room during the trials and were not present in the laboratory while their children participated in the trials Trial 1 Each participant was instructed to immerse and retain his her hand in the water until the hand immersion became intolerable with an uninformed 3 min ceiling The participants immersed the same hand in the cold water for all the three trials The time the hand was immersed was recorded in seconds and the child was asked to indicate on the VAS how painful the water had been After a 5 min recovery period during which time the hand was dried and wrapped in a warm towel the next trial began Trial 2 The participating child was then shown a total of 15 min from 3 or 4 video segments already established as humorous for this age group during the first phase of the study Incidents of laughter were recorded during the viewing After watching the video the child was asked to rate how funny they thought the video was The child then again submerged a hand in cold water and the length of time it was retained was recorded After hand withdrawal the child was asked to indicate on the VAS how painful the water had been At the end of the 5 min recovery period during which time the hand was dried and wrapped in a towel to warm the child was given instructions for Trial 3 Trial 3 A period of 15 min of paperwork was used to match the 15 min interval between Trials 1 and 2 Then the child was asked to pick one of the previously watched video segments to view again The child submerged a hand while watching the video segment Given the uninformed 3 min ceiling for the hand submersion the length of this video session was never more than 3 min Incidents of laughter and the length of time the hand was submerged were observed and recorded After hand withdrawal the child was once again asked to indicate on the VAS how painful the water had been while the hand was dried and wrapped in a towel to warm Analysis Top Abstract Is Laughter Good Medicine Setting the Stage The Procedures Analysis Results Discussion Acknowledgements References Repeated measures Analysis of Variance ANOVA with Huyn Feldt corrections were used to assess pain appraisal ratings and pain tolerance submersion time across the three trials Pearson 2 tailed correlations were obtained for the number of laughs ratings of how funny ratings of pain and submersion time pain tolerance Results Top Abstract Is Laughter Good Medicine Setting the Stage The Procedures Analysis Results Discussion Acknowledgements References Hypothesis 1 Is Appraisal of Pain Severity Decreased While Watching a Humorous Video The overall pain severity appraisal ratings were in the moderate range with a mean of 4 60 and a SD of 2 88 at baseline on a scale of 0 to 10 There were no statistically significant differences between the visual analog ratings of pain for the children for the three trials of hand emersion Table 1 Subjective pain ratings were not affected by watching a humorous video View this table in this window in a new window Table 1 Pain appraisal and tolerance by trial Hypothesis 2 Is Tolerance of Pain Increased While Watching a Humorous Video Repeated measures ANOVA indicated pain tolerance increased over trials as shown in Table 1 F 1 26 9 63 P 0 02 Planned contrasts comparing each video trial to the no video baseline condition indicated a significant difference between baseline and Trial 3 during video but no significant difference between baseline and Trial 2 following video Hypothesis 3 Is Amount of Laughter Associated with Pain Appraisal The number of laughs did not significantly correlate with pain appraisal ratings during either Trial 2 r 0 29 or Trial 3 r 0 21 Higher numbers of laughs while watching the video were significantly associated with the child s rating of

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  • such as bone marrow aspirates Rx Laughter s goal is to ease ill children through some of these medical procedures and minimize the traumatic effects that the children experience In some instances laughter may even reduce the amount of anesthesia necessary describes Dr Stuber Laughter could also be of benefit for children with chronic pain reducing need for medications and improving functional status The Rx Laughter team comprised of Dr Stuber Dr Lonnie Zeltzer Professor of Pediatrics Psychiatry and Anesthesiology and Director of the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program at the Mattel UCLA Children s Hospital and Sherry Dunay Hilber Creator Founder and President of Rx Laughter and veteran primetime network comedy executive has been working on an application of this work by setting up a system for children in medical isolation to communicate with each other while watching humorous videos The potential benefit is not only from having the children laughing but in being able to laugh together says Dr Stuber Laughter is at least as contagious as the infections we are trying to protect the children from She adds Throughout my career I ve been studying trauma responses in children with illnesses requiring many painful procedures Interestingly some children are less easily traumatized than others We are looking into the factors involved in resiliency so we can reduce the traumatic impact of treatment Dr Stuber expects Rx Laughter which includes numerous classic and contemporary videos will be helpful to children who suffer from serious conditions such as cancer cerebral palsy congenital orthopedic problems orthopedic injuries or burns She says that reducing pain not only helps in the short term but also helps in the psychological adjustment for months and years afterward Rx Laughter is looking at laughter in several different ways how amused the children are how much they

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  • Rx Laughter
    confirmation by email upon receipt of your purchase Please allow 7 to 10 days for delivery Description of Charlie Chaplin Greeting Card This is a beautiful high gloss thick 4 1 4 x 5 1 2 card with a colorful image of legendary comedian and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin on the front of the card This image is generously donated to Rx Laughter Courtesy of Bubbles Incorporated SA on behalf of the family of Charlie Chaplin to help Rx Laughter raise funds for our mission to use humorous entertainment to help those suffering with illness and trauma Cost A single card is 3 50 1 25 for mailing covers cost of envelope postage and is tax deductible Please email us at ContactRxLaughter gmail com for discounts on orders of 10 or more cards Thank you Donors purchase the card for use at Comedy Festivals Comedy Clubs as part of corporate gifts Get Well Sympathy Thinking of You Holiday Cards Health Wellness workshops Senior events Cruises Classic Comedy Film Festivals and more Back to Top Image and Text of Charlie Chaplin Greeting Card click on Paypal Button below to purchase card Front of card card opens lengthwise like a book Inside of

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  • Rx Laughter
    with others on Facebook If you have a special story about how a comedian or comedy in general helped you through a difficult time in your life please comfort and entertain others by sharing your story on the Rx Laughter Facebook page at http www facebook com contactrxlaughter Your posting can be a sentence or a paragraph Videos and Photos are welcomed Get in on the conversation at Twitter We

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  • Rx Laughter
    Laughter benefit Saturday night at UCLA s Royce Hall Ray Romano Kevin James Dane Cook and Megan Mooney performed standup to raise funds for the org which is conducting research on laughter s ability to ease pain of severely ill pediatric patients For more information go to www rxlaughter org Ray Romano performs at Rx Laughter benefit Dane Cook gyrates for laughs at Rx Laughter benefit Read the full article

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  • Rx Laughter
    so supportive of me through the years by doing what I can to help Rx Laughter continue its important research Romano has become a household name with his famous deadpan humor and family friendly material while James provides a unique blue collar view of the world exploring life s little annoyances Up and coming comic Dane Cook and his kinetic delivery will offer the audience something to think about whether they want to or not and Mooney swears her act is merely an extension of her real life flavored with the skepticism of a seven year old Tickets are priced at 25 balcony 55 floor seating and 105 VIP seating which includes a pre event cocktail reception Call the UCLA box office at 310 825 2101 between 9 a m to 5 p m Monday through Friday or visit any Ticketmaster location All proceeds from ticket sales will fund research for Rx Laughter a first of its kind study that is scientifically testing the theory that laughter really is the best medicine for children and adolescents dealing with painful procedures and life threatening illnesses The five year study was launched in February 2000 with a seed grant of 75 000 from Comedy Central The nonprofit project which is a cooperative effort between scientists and the entertainment industry is founded and led by Sherry Dunay Hilber a veteran primetime network executive Rx Laughter has supported research at UCLA in the past and it plans on expanding to key hospitals throughout the nation as funding continues Our ultimate goal is to understand how comedy programs can be integrated in treatment procedures to improve immune function while reducing pain and anxiety in children with serious illnesses such as cancer and AIDS Hilber said Having Ray Kevin Dane and Megan give of their time

    Original URL path: http://www.rxlaughter.org/m_press30.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Rx Laughter
    a smile ease pain and help us to heal At a time when treatments for life threatening diseases are more emotionally physically and financially traumatic the link between comedy and positive patient treatments has urgent relevance Now in its fourth year as an independent non profit research and therapeutic entertainment treatment organization the Rx Laughter project co sponsored by the WGAw shows carefully selected classic and contemporary comedy films and television programs to sick children In the latest phase isolated cancer patients are linked electronically watching the same comedies at the same time but able to laugh and talk together directly from their rooms and treatment areas in the Pediatric Critical Isolation Unit at the Mattel Children s Hospital of UCLA Some of these children are secluded for months at a stretch as they receive painful and frightening procedures such as bone marrow transplants and chemotherapy What I m actually hoping for is nothing less than revolutionizing the way we treat kids says Margaret Stuber M D the principal investigator of Rx Laughter Rx Laughter is really creating models that can diffuse out of UCLA to be used at other children s hospitals around the country says Edward McCabe M

    Original URL path: http://www.rxlaughter.org/m_press28.htm (2016-02-16)
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