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Study explores the role of loneliness in catching a flu

Does being lonely make you more likely to catch a cold or come down with the flu? A group of US health psychologists from Rice University thought it would be worth finding out. Their method? Infecting a group of research participants with a virus, and placing them in solitary confinement for five days (yes – […]

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Static jobs spawn startling statistics: 20 million Brits ‘inactive’

Are you sitting comfortably? Hopefully not, according to the authors of a recent British Heart Foundation (BHF) report. British sitting habits, or ‘sedentary behaviours’, have been blamed for heightening risks of cardiovascular disease (as well as costing the NHS a whopping £1.2 billion a year). The World Health Organisation now classes sedentary behaviour in the […]

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‘Tube chat’ badges cause a stir amongst commuters

Can you bring about social change by printing out 500 badges? One man certainly thought so – and his proposal has caused an uproar. On September 28th, American NHS worker Jonathan Dunne tried to make the London Underground a friendlier place by distributing badges suggesting “Tube chat?”. Twitter reactions were immediate, with public outcry at […]