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Loneliness can cause early ageing

Last Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014, 17:40

Several studies suggest that telomere shortening is accelerated by stress, but until now, no studies have examined the effects of social isolation on telomere shortening.

Wish to live long? Get a longer DNA `tail`

Last Updated: Saturday, April 05, 2014, 19:47

People who experience high levels of social stress and deprivation age faster as the cellular process involving DNA repair (or replication) may get affected by loneliness, a significant study shows.

Loneliness ups older adult`s chances of premature death by 14%

Last Updated: Monday, February 17, 2014, 11:31

A new study has revealed that feeling extreme loneliness can increase an older person`s chances of premature death by 14 percent.

World Mental Health Day: Lonely, depressed in increasingly connected world

Last Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013, 10:01

Shweta Mathur has 700 `friends` on a popular social networking site. Yet, when she sat in a psychologist`s office after her parents` suspected suicidal tendencies, she said she didn`t have a "real friend". In an increasingly connected world, the boundary between the real and the virtual is blurring. Mental health experts say this is a key reason for rising cases of depression among youngsters, driving some to suicide.

Popping `the Pill` may not lead to depression in women

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 02, 2013, 13:55

Young women using hormone-based contraceptives in a new research, including the Pill, were no more likely to be depressed than other women.

Loneliness taxes your immune system

Last Updated: Monday, January 21, 2013, 10:58

Don`t take loneliness lightly -- it could harm your immune system and health, says a new study.

Ageing India lonely, resigned: Survey

Last Updated: Friday, January 18, 2013, 12:42

A new survey puts paid to the notion of the elderly being treated with respect in India.

Feeling lonely can up dementia risk in later life

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 17:48

Researchers have linked feeling of loneliness to an increased risk of developing dementia in later life.

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