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Few friends combined with loneliness linked to poor mental and physical health for elderly

Although not having many close friends contributes to poorer health for many older adults, those who also feel lonely face even greater health risks, research at the University of Chicago suggests. Older people who are able to adjust to being alone don't have the same health problems. The stud...

Holiday Survival Tips: Mitigate Loneliness by Becoming Your Own Holiday Date

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The holiday season is a time of tradition, which comes with expectations of happiness. The perception that families and friends get together to celebrate and people are jolly and joyful, doesn't always ring true. For many people, holiday perceptions and expe...

Faux Fido eases loneliness in nursing home residents as well as real dog, SLU study finds

ST. LOUIS -- A sophisticated robotic dog could be a good companion for your dog-loving grandmother who cant care for a living pet, a new Saint Louis University study suggests. The researchers compared how residents of three nursing homes interacted with Sparky, a living, medium-sized gentle mut...

The politics of the playground: lack of athletic skill often means loneliness and peer rejection

In the Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown was never able to kick the football, fly a kite properly or lead a baseball team. He was also sad and often the target of ridicule from his peers. A new Canadian study looking at the connections between athletic skill and social acceptance among school chi...

Risk of heart diseases due to loneliness

According to researchers at the University of Texas, a new study shows that people who are secluded handle stress in a way that increases their risk of heart disease. They had a group of students carry out mentally and emotionally stressful tasks,// having previously assessed their level of lonelin...

Corbin Bleu Asks Fans to Join Him in Brightening the Lives of Seriously Ill Children

...t children from their pain and keep them company after visiting hours have ended. Starlight's PC Pal is a secure, durable laptop computer that combats loneliness and boredom by allowing kids to connect with loved ones, entertain themselves and keep up with school work. "I have spent many an afternoon wit...

The Friendship Stone Helps Friends Remain Healthy

...imental to one’s health, regardless of whether it prompts feelings of loneliness or perceived lack of social support. -   Rush Universit...o obesity, sedentary lifestyles and possibly even smoking. He suggests that loneliness does not mean there is something wrong with one’s social skills. It j...

Overweight kids experience more loneliness, anxiety, MU study finds

...s kindergarten. "We found that both boys and girls who were overweight from kindergarten through third grade displayed more depression, anxiety and loneliness than kids who were never overweight, and those negative feelings worsened over time," said Sara Gable, associate professor of human development and fa...

Lifelike Robot Provides Innovative Rehabilitation Treatment for Patients

... (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090617/CL34130 ) A study by Saint Louis University has demonstrated the alleviation of loneliness of patients when connecting with companion robotics. The research provides strong support for the success of using robotic devices for patient rehabil...

Not All Caregivers Are Stressed and Depressed

...ain, and 41 percent reported some strain. The most stressful issues, the caregivers said, were the family member's problems with mood (depression, loneliness and anxiety) and memory, and the physical care, especially dressing and bowel control, that was needed. The caregivers' average depression scores w...
Loneliness in Biological News

Researchers shed new light on connection between brain and loneliness

Social isolation affects how people behave as well as how their brains operate, a study at the University of Chicago shows. The research, presented Sunday at a symposium, "Social Emotion and the Brain," at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is the firs...

People not always needed to alleviate loneliness

New research at the University of Chicago finds evidence for a clever way that people manage to alleviate the pain of loneliness: They create people in their surroundings to keep them company. Biological reproduction is not a very efficient way to alleviate ones loneliness, but you can make up ...

Children seriously affected when a parent suffers from depression

...e parent's depression means both a sense of responsibility and a feeling of loneliness The feelings of responsibility and loneliness include a striving and yearning for reciprocity with the parent, and for th...

College students find comfort in their pets during hard times

...ded and multiple choice questions. But the results showed that avoiding loneliness was the top reason given by both students and adults. Nearly identical perc...lege students also derive benefits from pet ownership such as hedge against loneliness and improved ability to cope," she said. While the reasons for keeping ...

Loneliness undermines health as well as mental well-being

... human body. The findings suggest that chronic loneliness belongs among health risk factors such as smoking,...sity. "Loneliness not only alters behavior, but loneliness is related to greater resistance to blood flow thr...pressure and an increased level of depression. loneliness also is related to difficulty getting a deep sleep...

Does a peptide affect the heart's response to social isolation?

...he social environment plays an important role in regulating both behavior and cardiovascular function in humans. Negative social interactions, such as loneliness or social isolation, may increase the risk of developing depression and anxiety as well as heart disease. Prairie voles (ochrogaster) are small ...

Adults who go to bed lonely get stress hormone boost next morning

...y cue the body on a day-to-day basis that it is time to rev up to deal with loneliness and other negative experiences, according to Northwestern University's Emma...re predictive of experiences that same day. In addition to noting that loneliness the night before predicted higher cortisol the next morning, Adam and colle...

Man's best friend: Study shows lonely seniors prefer playtime with pooch over human interaction

...-seven nursing home residents who scored high on a loneliness scale said they wanted to receive weekly, 30-minut...og experienced a much more significant decrease in loneliness after five to six weeks of visits. The main way pets reduce loneliness in nursing homes is simply by being with people, n...
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