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When it comes to improving your health, there are plenty of changes you can make, like watching your diet, upping your exercise and drinking more green tea. Some cardiologists say you may just want to add a little laughter to your life. Hustle and bustle of the new year got you down? Stressed out already? Maybe it's time to let it all out with a good laugh.
"Some studies suggest it lowers blood pressure," says University of Maryland School of Medicine's Dr. Michael Miller. "There have been other investigators who have shown it may have an affect on immune response, so perhaps a better response from someone who has a common cold or infections when they laugh."
Researchers have found that laughing not only loosens us up and opens up our blood vessels, it can also de-stress us. That's good, because stress can cause the brain to overload with chemicals that could lead to high blood pressure, even a stroke or heart attack.
"You can easily counteract a stressful response with laughter," says Dr. Miller.
Best ways to get a good chuckle? Doctors recommend spending time with friends or enjoying a funny book or a comedy on tv or at the movies. Try to see the humor in life.
"Laughter is by far among the best medicines that we can take," says Dr. Miller.
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Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
June 19, 2013 16:41 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
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