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by Dr. Lisa Jaremka, Ph.D. Meaningful social relationships are an important part of emotional health and quality of life, but there are ties between social connectedness and brain health, too. In a recent study I helped conduct at Ohio State University , my colleagues and I found higher rates of concentration and memory difficulties among breast cancer survivors who experienced high degrees of loneliness, relative to others with lower rates of loneliness. Previous research had already discovered links between loneliness and physical well-being — feeling like the quality of your relationships isn’t optimal is a risk factor for a wide variety of health problems, including cardiovascular... Full story

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