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A Brazilian health centre is treating patients suffering from depression, stress and diabetes with ´laughter therapy´. Patients who attend the weekly sessions at Fortaleza, north-eastern Brazil, are encouraged to all laugh out loud together.  To help put patients in the mood, staff organise activities, such as paper fights and karaoke sessions, to make them laugh. Pensioner Aldira Rodrigues told Jornal Hoje: "I have been to many doctors and have never seen anything like that before. I found it weird at first."

Dr Jaqueline Sales said: "Laugh can help in the treatment of various conditions, especially those connected to depression, anxiety, hypertension and diabetes." Story filed: 15:05 Thursday 15th May 2003.