Washington: Loneliness can be deadly for people suffering from cancer, according to a new study.The research led by Yale University and the University of Chicago scientists have shown that socially isolated female rats develop more tumours - and tumours of a more deadly type - than rats living in a social group.
"The costs of social neglect have unique relevance for psychiatric patients, the natural history of psychiatric illness and the profound co-morbidities associated with mental disease," she said.The expert added: "The results of this study make a physiological link between loss of the social network and disease states, and may help explain the shortened life expectancy of individuals with mental illness."The findings appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ANI
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