‘A hug a day’: Study finds that perceived social support can protect against infection

December 17, 2014 3:37 PM

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‘A hug a day’: Study finds that perceived social support can protect against infection

Hugging, like maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen, may boost the body’s immune system and protect from infection, Carnegie Mellon University researchers have found.

Previous studies have shown that people who have unresolved conflicts in their relationships are less able to fight off cold viruses, and that people who receive social support are partly protected from the effects of stress on psychological states like depression and anxiety. Study authors hypothes...

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