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Experiencing A Sense Of Isolation, Weirdness, Or The Need For Social Engagement? Now, There’s An APP For That!

By |April 1, 2014|Humor|

Experiencing A Sense Of Isolation, Weirdness, Or The Need For Social Engagement?
Now, There’s An APP For That!

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SOURCE:   MedPage Today ~ Apr 1, 2014

‘App’ Aims to Reduce Social Anxiety Disorders

By Stacy Gever, Kristina Fiore, Elbert Chu, and Sarah Wickline


A mobile application (KUDL) delivered promising results for reducing feelings of isolation, weirdness, and the need for social engagement in clinical trials, researchers reported.

Created by Abid Nagusami, founder and CEO of KUDL, use of the KUDL app was associated with decreased social anxiety symptomatology and an increase in quality-of-life measures, according to Stacy Crane, PhD, MPH, of Harrison Institute of Iterative Therapy in Manhattan, and colleagues. Results of the Kinetic Understanding of Deterring Loneliness (KUDL) trial were published online in the Journal of Nature Technologies.

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ICD-10 Follies: There’s a Code For That???

By |February 19, 2014|Humor|

ICD-10 Follies:
There’s a Code For That???

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SOURCE:   MedPage Today ~ Feb 19, 2014

By David Pittman, Washington Correspondent,
MedPage Today


It is 224 days before the move to ICD-10 becomes a must-do. Lest the deadline slip your mind, MedPage Today is spotlighting some of those thousands of new codes that might just be getting a bit too granular.

Today’s code:

W61.92:   Struck by other birds   (There are already separate diagnostic codes for being struck by parrots, macaws, psittacines, chickens, geese, and ducks.   W61.92 is for all other types of birds.)


Here is a re-enactment for your viewing pleasure.

A Review of the Beneficial and Harmful Effects of Laughter

By |December 14, 2013|Humor, Iatrogenic Injury, Laughter|

A Review of the Beneficial and Harmful Effects of Laughter

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SOURCE:   British Medical Journal 2013 (Dec 13); 347: f7274

R E Ferner, honorary professor of clinical pharmacology [12],
J K Aronson, fellow [3]


Research

Christmas 2013: Food For Thought

Laughter and MIRTH (Methodical Investigation of Risibility, Therapeutic and Harmful): Narrative Synthesis

Every December, the BMJ publishes hilarious Christmas research.

Their 2013 offerings are now online at:

http://www.bmj.com/research


A big Thanks to Anne Taylor-Vaisey


Objective   To review the beneficial and harmful effects of laughter.

Design   Narrative synthesis.

Data sources and review methods   We searched Medline (1946 to June 2013) and Embase (1974 to June 2013) for reports of benefits or harms from laughter in humans, and counted the number of papers in each category.

Results   Benefits of laughter include reduced anger, anxiety, depression, and stress; reduced tension (psychological and cardiovascular); increased pain threshold; reduced risk of myocardial infarction (presumably requiring hearty laughter); improved lung function; increased energy expenditure; and reduced blood glucose concentration.

However, laughter is no joke — dangers include syncope, cardiac and oesophageal rupture, and protrusion of abdominal hernias (from side splitting laughter or laughing fit to burst), asthma attacks, interlobular emphysema, cataplexy, headaches, jaw dislocation, and stress incontinence (from laughing like a drain). Infectious laughter can disseminate real infection, which is potentially preventable by laughing up your sleeve. As a side effect of our search for side effects, we also list pathological causes of laughter, among them epilepsy (gelastic seizures), cerebral tumours, Angelman’s syndrome, strokes, multiple sclerosis, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or motor neuron disease.

Conclusions   Laughter is not purely beneficial. The harms it can cause are immediate and dose related, the risks being highest for Homeric (uncontrollable) laughter. The benefit-harm balance is probably favourable. It remains to be seen whether sick jokes make you ill or jokes in bad taste cause dysgeusia, and whether our views on comedians stand up to further scrutiny.


Introduction

“Mirth . . . prorogues life, whets the wit, makes the body young, lively, and fit for any manner of employment.”

— Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)

The BMJ has not dealt seriously with laughter since 1899, when an editorialist, following an Italian correspondent’s suggestion that telling jokes could treat bronchitis, proposed the term “gelototherapy” (in Greek gelōs means laughter; in Italian gelato means ice cream). [1] The journal had, a year before, described heart failure following prolonged laughter in a 13 year old girl. [2]


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Humorous Haiku

By |December 28, 2011|Humor|

Humorous Haiku

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And now for something completely different…

      Sound Familiar?

The web site you seek
Cannot be located but
Countless more exist.


      Computer Nightmare

A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone.


      Dead Monitors

First snow, then silence.
This thousand-dollar screen dies
So beautifully.


      Computer Nightmare II

Three things are certain:
Death, taxes, and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.


      Lost Data

You step in the stream,
But the water has moved on.
This page is not here.


      Computer Nightmare III

Out of memory.
We wish to hold the whole sky,
But we never will


      Like a bird

I wish I could fly,
especially this moment.
High-speed police chase


      Dad’s Advice

My dad once told me
son, you need to get a job.
What was he thinking?


Special thanks to:

Humorous Haiku,   Computer Haiku,   Humorous Haiku II