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2010-04-09 10:39:00

PARAMUS, N.J., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Monitor Network, the leading multimedia provider of health education, is encouraging iPad users to "shake it" and to "Laugh Out Loud for Health" ("LOL"), with a novel iPad application available free of charge from the iTunes store.

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2010-04-01 06:15:00

This April Fools' Day, regardless of whether you're the one playing the prank or the victim of someone else's shenanigans, odds are you'll be laughing--and to Baltimore based neuroscientist Robert Provine, that's serious business.

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2010-03-30 10:58:35

Acoustic analysis of the 'giggle' sound made by spotted hyenas has revealed that the animals' laughter encodes information about age, dominance and identity.

2010-01-25 17:08:12

Here's a piece of research that might leave you tickled: laughter is a universal language, according to new research.

2009-12-01 08:30:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WebMD Health Corp. (Nasdaq: WBMD), the leading source of health information, today announced the honorees of the 2009 WebMD Health Heroes awards.

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2009-10-14 10:58:57

The fear of being laughed at causes some people enormous problems in their social lives.

2009-08-10 12:34:27

Seeing a smile, or reading about the verb to smile can activate the muscles in the face that make that expression, Dutch researchers found. Francesco Foroni from VU University in Amsterdam and Gun R. Semin of the University of Utrecht conducted an experiment with a group of students.

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2009-06-04 15:10:00

When researchers set out to study the origins of human laughter, some gorillas and chimps were literally tickled to assist.

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2009-04-21 17:03:38

The schizophrenic musician whose life is portrayed in The Soloist won't watch the new Hollywood film because it is too disturbing for him, his friend said. The movie is based on actual events and stars Jamie Foxx as homeless musical prodigy Nathaniel Ayers and Robert Downey Jr.

2009-04-15 13:38:50

If a future in-law offers to show the old family photo album take them up on it, because it may predict divorce, a U.S. researcher advises.


Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.