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By Beth Bond
For the Beacon 

Loneliness and the threat to your health


Last updated 3/19/2020 at 2:40pm

New, scientific studies are showing an actual difference in cell activity in those people who are depressed. Steve Cole, professor of medicine at UCLA, relates this surprising result in the blood cells of lonely and depressed men and women. He noted, "There is a heightened activity of blood cells, almost as if they are responding to a bacterial infection." Researchers are now viewing this rise in cell response as a disease and a result of social isolation.

According to Louise Hawkly at the University of Chicago, "Humans are inherently social animals, and when the social network breaks down,...

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