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COPD

03 August 2011

Laughter not good for COPD patients

A sense of humour improves emotional functioning and quality of life for patients with COPD, but the actual act of laughing out loud can reduce lung function in the short term.

Having a sense of humour is associated with improved emotional functioning and an enhanced quality of life among patients with a chronic lung illness, but the actual act of laughing out loud can reduce lung function, at least in the short term, research suggests.

COPD is a chronic, progressive disorder characterised by difficulty breathing, and especially in expelling air from the lungs. COPD patients are at increased risk of experiencing depression, anxiety, a diminished quality of life and frequent respiratory illnesses.

 

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