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  • Why is loneliness so toxic? Scientists are exploring what it does to the human body

    Source: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life...ticle37734381/


    The Globe and Mail
    Why is loneliness so toxic? Scientists are exploring what it does to the human body
    Wency Leung
    Published January 25, 2018
    Updated January 29, 2018

    Dr. Chris Fagundes wanted to study how loneliness affected the way people felt when they were ill. So the assistant professor of psychology at Rice University and his team recruited 213 healthy participants and asked them about how lonely and socially isolated they were.

    Then, the researchers gave each participant nasal drops containing rhinovirus 39, one of the viruses responsible for the common cold, sequestered them in separate hotel rooms for five days and asked them to record how they felt.

    When Fagundes and his team analyzed the study results, they made a curious finding.

    "Put simply, lonelier people feel worse when they are sick than less lonely people," Fagundes and his co-authors wrote in their 2017 paper, published in the American Psychological Association journal Health Psychology...
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