Feeling Lonely Might Worsen Your Cold, Study Finds - Study Finds: HOUSTON — If you feel lonesome, you might have a harder time with acute illnesses like common colds, a new study finds.
Researchers at Rice University discovered that people who are lonely are likely to feel lousier when fighting a cold than someone would who is in a relationship or surrounded by a vast network of friends.
“Loneliness puts people at risk for premature mortality and all kinds of other physical illnesses,” says graduate student and study co-author Angie LeRoy in a university release. “But nothing had been done to look at an acute but temporary illness that we’re all vulnerable to, like the common cold.”
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