Feeling Lonely? This Can Be Dangerous For Your Health

November 26, 2015 4:19 AM

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, which has been behaviorally classified as high in perceived isolation. The study findings showed that, similar to humans, "lonely like" monkeys exhibited higher CTRA activity, as well as higher levels of the flight-or-flight neurotransmitter norepinephrine.

particular kind of immune cell--an immature monocyte that shows high levels of inflammatory gene expression and low levels of antiviral gene expression. Both lonely humans and "lonely like" monkeys showed higher levels of monocytes in their blood, researchers say.

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