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Loneliness can kill, and new research shows middle-aged Americans are particularly vulnerable

The desire to belong is a fundamental human need. Oliver Rossi/Stone via Getty Images By Frank J. Infurna, Arizona State University   Middle-aged Americans are lonelier than their European counterparts. That’s the key finding of my team’s recent study, published in American Psychologist. Our study identified a trend that has been evolving for multiple generations, and affects both baby boomers and Gen Xers. Middle-aged adults in England and Mediterranean Europe […]

todayApril 8, 2024 7


Romance isn’t always rosy, sometimes it’s sickening – lovesickness, erotomania and death by heartbreak explained

Irina Marwan Dan Baumgardt, University of Bristol Absence makes the heart grow fonder. All you need is love. It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. If cliches and pop songs are anything to go by, humans spend a substantial portion of waking and sleeping hours thinking and dreaming about the pursuit of love – in all its many forms. But is love all […]

todayFebruary 14, 2024 5

Health / Medical

Stigma kills people with alcohol addiction

sirtravelalot/Shutterstock Ashwin Dhanda, University of Plymouth One of my patients, Emma (not her real name), recently told me that she didn’t seek help for her alcohol problem because she was ashamed. She said that she didn’t want to waste anyone’s time on a self-inflicted problem. She lived with it for years, hiding bottles of alcohol so her partner wouldn’t find out. Only when she turned yellow and vomited blood did […]

todayFebruary 6, 2024 7