News tagged with social isolation

Loneliness impacts DNA repair

Scientists at the Vetmeduni Vienna examined the telomere length of captive African grey parrots. They found that the telomere lengths of single parrots were shorter than those housed with a companion parrot, ...

Apr 04, 2014
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Social isolation worsens cancer

Using mice as a model to study human breast cancer, researchers have demonstrated that a negative social environment (in this case, isolation) causes increased tumor growth. The work shows -- for the first time -- that social ...

Sep 29, 2009
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Americans' circle of confidantes is down to two

Although the average Facebook user may gave some 130 "friends," in reality, Americans have, on average, slightly more than two confidantes, down from three 25 years ago, but the size of this social network has stabilized ...

Nov 02, 2011
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