Samir’s Selection 09/05/2013 (a.m.)

  • Loneliness is bad for our health, according to a robust body of research. And isolation is known to shorten lives—but experts were not sure if the real culprit was the pain and stress of loneliness, as opposed to a lack of social connectedness. Now psychologists have untangled the two factors and discovered that even superficial contact with other people may improve our health…

    even brief social contact that does not involve a close emotional bond—such as small talk with a neighbor or a bus driver—could extend a person’s life.

    tags: loneliness isolation communication people longevity mortality

  • Researchers found that some fruits — strawberries, oranges, peaches, plums and apricots — had no significant effect on the risk for Type 2 diabetes. But eating grapes, apples and grapefruit all significantly reduced the risk. The big winner: blueberries…

    Substituting fruit juice for whole fruits significantly increased the risk for disease.

    tags: fruit diabetes sugar diet blueberries

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