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"The Scientist - It came from Hollywood"

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Below are a few articles about our UCLA humor research partnership, which has since become a catalyst for therapeutic humor work with seriously ill children and adults in several hospitals and centers. Some of these links may not work as they are old. We apologize as we have no control over that. Thank you for understanding

Comedic Story-Teller Dylan Brody to benefit Rx Laughter charity for ill children & teens
Laughter is the best medicine. Rx Laughter helps fill the Prescription.
Press Release
December 1, 2012

Rx Laughter & UCLA Improvisational Workshop for Veteran and Military Families
Class teaches families to use humor to strengthen communication skills
UCLA Newsroom
by Amy Albin
April 11, 2012
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Rx Laughter Gives Comic Relief to the Sick
"As a network programming executive in the 1990s, Sherry Dunay Hilber noticed something profound happening when people watched comedy together.  I would go to the filmings....."
by Sonya Stinson
August, 2009
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Associated Press Wire Story:
Hospitals, patients treat serious illness as laughing matter...

By ULA ILNYTZKY / Associated Press Writer
November 28, 2008
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Note: Rx Laughter is part of a larger story about humor therapy. This story appeared nationally. A partial list includes: Washington Post, Msnbc.com, Chicago Tribune, ABC News, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Fox News, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, WTOP News Washington, Baltimore Sun, Raleigh North Carolina News & Observer.

Watching Funny Shows Helps Children Tolerate Pain for Longer Periods
Rx Laughter & UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Study:
2008 UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center website
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Report: Laughter is Kids' Best Medicine
KFI 640 AM Radio Los Angeles
By Donald Morrison/KFI News
Sunday, November 4, 2007
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UCLA and Rx Laughter Study Finds that Watching Funny Shows Helps Children Tolerate Pain Longer
UCLA Newsroom Health Sciences News Release
October 23, 2007 issue
By Kim Irwin
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"Laughter, Humor and Pain Perception in Children: A Pilot Study"
Evidence-Based Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

October 2007 issue
Authors: Margaret Stuber MD , Sherry Dunay Hilber, Lisa Libman Mintzer PhD, Marleen Castaneda, Dorie Glover PhD and Lonnie Zeltzer MD
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The Times of India
October 20, 2007
Health/Sciences Section:
"Humour Best Treatment for Kids' Pain"
Study conducted by UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center and Rx Laughter
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Rx Laughter Project Expanding
Writers Guild of America West:
Member News
April 2006 Issue
"For the past eight years, the WGAW has encouraged the work of Rx Laughter..."
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Los Angeles Daily News
Valley News
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Gifted Girl's Gift Card a Hit
"Suzanne Raga is one of those kids that you wish more kids were like..."
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Hospital News Magazine
Toronto, Canada
June 2005 Issue
"Rx Laughter Has the Pediatric Prescription for Pain
"Charlie Chaplin once said that "humor heightens our sense of survival and preserves our sanity." Chaplin would be proud..."
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V Page
"Take two Raymonds and call me in the morning..."
December 8, 2003
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Montreal Just for Laughs International Festival
JFL supports Rx Laughter - worldwide press release

"We are thrilled to be a part of such an endeavor. We know
the power of comedy....."
July 7, 2003
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2nd Annual Comedy Central & Adlink Benefit for Rx Laughter
Press Release
November 19, 2003
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Writers Guild of America West
Member News, March 2003
Entitled: How Laughter Helps us Heal
"Ever consider that the work you do could actually save a life?"...
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 24, 2003
"Stepmom-to-be Keeps the One-Liners Coming"
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Exceptional Parenting Magazine
November, 2002
"Experts Agree: Laughter Helps"
"Comedian Ray Romano Performs for Rx Laughter"
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Corsair News - Santa Monica College
"A Giggling Step to a Better Life"
"Howls of laughter echoed in Royce Hall
at UCLA when Ray Romano..."
October 2, 2002
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Los Angeles Times
Comedy-Watching to Ease Pain: It's No Joke
Friday, September 27 2002
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UCLA Daily Bruin
Laugh aid - Comedians to take part in fundraiser tonight at Royce Hall for RX Laughter, a group hoping to prove healing power of humor
Friday, September 27 2002
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Pasadena City College
Courier Newspaper
Thursday, September 26, 2002
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ABC News
Comedians Raise Cash for Rx Laughter cancer study
Entertainment section, abcnews.com.
Friday, August 2, 2002
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AOL News
Associated Press Comedians Raise Cash for Cancer Study
Thursday, August 1, 2002
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Comedy Central Benefit for Rx Laughter
Starring Ray Romano, Kevin James and Wendy Liebman
September 27, 2002 at UCLA's Royce Hall
(click here for 8/1/02 Comedy Central press release)

Lifetime Network, "Speaking of Women's Health"
Aired Saturday, April 13, 2002
"Healing with Laughter"
click here for segment introduction at www.lifetimetv.com.

American Medical Association Annual Media Briefing
Press Release - Worldwide
Thursday, February 21, 2002
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Writers Guild of America West
November, 2001 "Written By" Member's magazine
"Healing with Laughter"
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Sun Integrative Health Magazine
Nov. 11, 2001
Sherry Hilber is not a doctor. Her career has been in television, helping to create successful situation comedies. Yet during a recent visit to the hospital, she noticed how depressing a hospital stay can be with nothing to do but sit and think about the reasons for being there. A flash of inspiration hit her, and she wondered if she could refocus her work with comedy production to help hospital patients.
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Michigan Public Radio, "Todd Mundt NPR Radio Show"
September 27, 2001
Sherry Dunay Hilber, Founder and President of Rx Laughter, speaks about the different types of humor, laughter and positive emotion that encompasses her vision of Rx Laughter. Interview time: approximately 5 minutes. Realplayer must be used. For free Realplayer Basic, click here.

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Boston WBUR "Here and Now"
Radio interview with Sherry Dunay Hilber, Founder and President of Rx Laughter. September 2, 2001: (time: 5 minutes approximate) (Note: RealPlayer is needed. For free Realplayer, click here) visit "Here and Now" website at www.here-now.com.

Associated Press: International Wire Story Week of September 3, 2001:
"Laughter May Indeed Be the Best Medicine, UCLA Researchers Say" Note: This article appeared in international, national newspapers and internet news websites include: CNN, The Detroit News, the San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Santa Cruz Sentinel among others.
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ABC News - Good Morning America
"Analyze This"
Aired on April 20, 2001
"Researchers Study Laughter's Effect on Illness - Rx Laughter's
Creator Sherry Dunay Hilber offers Help from Hollywood"
www.abcnews.com article (abbreviated from aired piece) (click here)
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Chronicle of Higher Education: "The Best Medicine"?
Researchers and the entertainment industry team up to study how laughter affects the health of children
February 23, 2001
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(article Courtesy of the subscriber-based website Chronicle.com for rxlaughter.org)

Rx Laughter: "Helping Kids with a Healthy Dose of Humor"
"Body and Soul" section
October 21, 2000
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Laughter Is The Best Medicine
by Natasha Raymond
November 1, 2000
These days Sherry Hilber's former colleagues aren't laughing at her decision to leave primetime television production for work on a potentially groundbreaking research project.
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Humor: A Mind-body Connection
October 2, 2000
Will researchers and comedy legends demonstrate laughter's
therapeutic qualities?
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Rx Laughter:
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Newsletter
May, 2000
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Rx Laughter Entertainment Industry Advisory Board Named
Writers Guild of America, “Member News”, June, 2000
By Patricia Eliot Tobias
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Laugh away pain. Researchers hope funny videos will help heal hospitalized kids.
Desert Sun Newspaper
Front Page, Health Section
May 17, 2000
By Francesca Donlan
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Humor and Laughter for Health with Sherry Hilber, Margaret Stuber and Lonnie Zeltzer
Join Sherry Hilber, Dr. Margaret Stuber and Dr. Lonnie Zeltzer, the driving forces behind a study of the medicinal value of laughter in children, in this special WebMD round table event.
May 30, 2000
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Rx Laughter: The health benefits of comedy
May 22, 2000
By A.J.S. Rayl
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The Laughing Cure
Wednesday, May 10, 2000
By David Jacobson - WebMD Medical News
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Seriously, researchers are trying to determine whether laughter heals
As a veteran television executive involved in sitcoms like "Roseanne" and "Home Improvement," Sherry Hilber watched weekly as studio audiences writhed with laughter. "I'd see them leave at the end of the show and think, 'Maybe for the rest of the night something is happening inside their bodies.' "
Front Page of the "Health" Section of cnn.com
May 10, 2000
Web posted at: 11:02 AM EDT (1502 GMT)
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UCLA studies therapeutic effects of laughter
Front Page, Los Angeles Daily News, Wednesday, April 26, 2000
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"Second-generation relatives of Hollywood great comedians (Chaplin, Costello, Keaton, Fields) help launch Rx Laughter at UCLA's Mattel Children's hospital. UCLA alum and network exec Sherry Dunay Hilber created Rx Laughter"
from Army Archerd's column, Variety, Tuesday, April 25,2000

Descendants of Comedy Legends Lend Support to UCLA Research Into Benefits of Laughter in Ill Children
Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA and Neuropsychiatric Institute & Hospital at UCLA press release, Tuesday, 4/25/00.
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Rx Laughter to Use Humor to Cure
Writers Guild of America, “Member News”, April 3, 2000
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Comedy Central Teams Up With UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center, The Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA and The UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute to Research the Use of Laughter to Prevent and Treat Disease
Comedy Central, Jonsson Cancer Center
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Researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center Study Effects of Laughter on the Immune Systems of Ill Children and Adolescents in a First-Of-Its-Kind Study
February, 2000
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Los Angeles Times Article ("Rx Laughter")
February 18, 2000
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Therapeutic Humor
American Association for Therapeutic Humor, January/February, 2000
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Is Laughter the Best Medicine?
Saturday, March 4,2000 (HealthSCOUT)
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Why Daffy’s Better Than the Doctor
The Express, London, England - 2/17/00
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The UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Press Release has appeared verbatim in:
-The Boston Globe and www.boston.com

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