Researchers at Porto Alegre Hospital in Brazil have discovered that laughter therapy is an effective way to reduce the symptoms of heart disease.
The Daily Mail indicates that during this study, doctors analyzed data on 26 patients, average age 64, diagnosed with ischemic disease. Doctors divided the patients into two groups. Members of the first group were shown comedy films and programs for three months. As for members of the second group, they were shown serious documentary films during the same period.
The results showed that the amount of oxygen that their hearts could pump increased by 10 percent in the first group. They also had improved vascular elasticity, and decreased inflammatory markers, which indicates a lower number of plaques in the blood vessels. This means that laughter therapy can lower inflammation and the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Researchers believe that the mechanism of the beneficial effect of laughter is that it releases endorphins, which reduce inflammation and help the heart and blood vessels to relax. In addition, laughter reduces the level of stress hormones, which put a burden on the heart.
It is reported that scientists at Changchun University of Traditional Chinese Medicine discovered that laughter therapy can help relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Izvestia : Using the Internet reduces the risk of dementia
Maria Cherdak, a neurologist and geriatrics specialist, confirmed that using the Internet regularly reduces the risk of developing dementia by 50 percent.
According to her, the results of many studies indicate that the use of the Internet, in addition to that, helps to maintain the cognitive reserve, that is, it protects the brain from a decrease in its functional activity.
She said in an interview with the newspaper “Izvestia”: “Older people who use the Internet show better general cognitive performance, verbal reasoning, and memory than those who do not use the Internet. All of this allows to slow down the process of brain aging and reduce the risk of dementia.”
She adds, explaining that the brain’s primary task is to solve various cognitive problems. As soon as a person stops the usual intellectual activity, functional activity and metabolism in the brain decrease and degenerative processes begin, which may be due to aging with gradual atrophy of nerve cells and loss of nerve connections. Or it may be caused by atrophy and neurodegeneration associated with some diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
And she says: “Therefore, the elderly must maintain a certain activity of the brain. The risk group in this case includes people who have recently retired and have not continued their practical activity. Because after the usual continuous cognitive load, the regular stimulation of the brain disappears, and against the background of the cessation of activity, certain parts of the brain stop The brain stops working, which leads to the beginning of degenerative processes.”
According to her, working on a computer and using the Internet involves a certain cognitive load – operating the computer, searching for the required information, and so on. Therefore, the time spent by the elderly on the Internet should not exceed two hours, because otherwise it will have a negative impact.
Oncologist : A doctor recommends regular medical examinations after the age of 50 to prevent cancer
The Russian oncologist, Yevgeny Cheremushkin, said that the risk of cancer increases greatly after a person reaches the age of fifty, and recommended regular examinations to prevent this malignant disease.
Russian oncologist Yevgeny Cheremushkin said in an interview with news.ru that a person’s age can increase the risk of cancer.
“The risk of cancer increases in people over the age of 50,” they explained, adding that at this age it is important to undergo regular preventive examinations.
According to the doctor, the risk is related to weak immune control and the changes that occur as a result of advanced age in the human body.
In addition to age, changes in the external environment, that is, a change in climate or place of residence, can also contribute to the development of malignant tumors.
The KP.RU website had previously mentioned the early symptoms of stomach cancer. These include loss or decrease of appetite, pain in the area above the stomach, and weight loss. In addition, vomiting, nausea, and tarry stools can indicate the development of stomach cancer.
According to experts, the chances of recovery from stomach cancer reach 90% in the first stage of the disease, and in the second stage these chances do not exceed 60%. This is why it is important to seek timely medical help and conduct proactive medical examinations.