Laughing the best medicine to avoid higher nursing care risks: Japan researchers

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Kenji Takeuchi, an associate professor at Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine who conducted research on the relationship between laughter and nursing care risks, is shown in this photo provided by him.

TOKYO — The effect a chuckle has on an individual’s physical and mental health has been scientifically examined from various angles and one central Japan study has found that the absence of laughter can lead to serious nursing care risks for the elderly.

A research team at Nagoya University studied the differences in the potential likelihood of requiring nursing care between individuals who laugh regularly and those who do not giggle as much. The unprecedented, large-scale research examined some 14,000 people over a span of three years.

The research team was led by Kenji

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