For older adults, loneliness is a major risk factor for health problems — such as cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease — and death. Attempts to diminish loneliness with social networking programs like creating community centers to encourage new relationships have not been effective. Included in this report is a video summary of the study results.
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Loneliness is not only heartbreaking, it breaks up a normal night’s sleep, a new study shows. Researchers say compromised sleep may be one pathway by which feelings of loneliness adversely affect our health. Included below is a link to download a reprint of a 2002 sleep study cited in this report.
Mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, meatloaf – they may be bad for your arteries, but according to an upcoming study in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, they are good for your heart and emotions. The study focuses on “comfort food” and how it makes people feel.
Loneliness is no fun — and now it appears it is bad for you as well. UCLA researchers report that chronically lonely people may be at higher risk for certain types of inflammatory disease because their feelings of social isolation trigger the activity of pro-inflammatory immune cells. Steven Cole, a member of the UCLA Cousins […]
Both boys and girls who are victims of bullying, including bullying through e-mail and the internet, are at elevated risk for depression. However, according to a new study, adolescent girls may engage in substance use as a result of bullying-related depression,. The findings are reported in the December issue of Prevention Science, a journal of […]
Changing how a person perceives and thinks about others was the most effective intervention for loneliness, a sweeping analysis of previous research has determined. The findings may help physicians and psychologists develop better treatments for loneliness, a known risk factor for heart disease and other health problems. The results were published in the journal Personality […]