Is loneliness really a killer?

The evidence is unclear, but what's certain is that it's bad for quality of life

The evidence is unequivocal, says a US professor of psychology. Loneliness and social isolation predict an increased risk of premature mortality.

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Dr Julianne Holt-Lunstad and colleagues note that “advancing social connection” should be a public health priority given the links of lonliness to cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and insomnia. 

At the annual American Psychological Association meeting earlier in 2017, Dr Holt-Lunstad presented the results of two meta-analyses of

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