Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Loneliness and the immune system
A study of 153 people in the journal Genome Biology found that people who described themselves as 'lonely' had weaker immune systems than people who felt they had a good network of close friends and family. The genes linked to producing antiviral and antibiotic responses worked less well in socially-isolated people and leukocytes (white blood cells) were expressed differently.
Posted by John Gale at 11:51 AM