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Orv Hetil. 2011 Oct 23;152(43):1739-44. doi: 10.1556/OH.2011.29228.

["Does happiness help healing?" Immune response of hospitalized children may change during visits of the Smiling Hospital Foundation's Artists].

[Article in Hungarian]

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Kaposi Mór Oktató Kórház Kaposvár Tallián Gyula u. 20-32. 7400. drberesandras@gmail.com

Abstract

Psychoneuroimmunologic studies on positive emotions are few, and their clinical relevance is limited.

AIMS:

This "SHoRT" (Smiling Hospital Research Team) study evaluates the effects that Smiling Hospital artists have on hospitalized children.

METHODS:

Blood samples were taken in a non-painful way through branules in an accredited Infectology Ward, 30 minutes before and 1 hour after a visit of tale tellers, puppeteers and handicraft artists. 24 children were visited and 9 were included in the control group. Blood lymphocyte counts and Th1/Th2 cytokine levels were determined. Artists evaluated their effect on a subjective scale.

RESULTS:

In the visited group, the increase of lymphocytes was 8.43% higher, the decrease was 12.45% lower, and the proportion of children showing increased lymphocyte counts was more increased. Changes were more marked after more successful visits. Authors found non-significant, still considerable changes in interferon-γ level (p < 0.055) and in Th1/Th2 cytokine ratios.

CONCLUSIONS:

This pediatric study suggests that immunological changes may develop when more attention is given to hospitalized children.

PMID:
21983400
DOI:
10.1556/OH.2011.29228
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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