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Loneliness and isolation raise risk for stroke and heart disease, study suggests

News Briefs A high-stress job and anxiety have long been recognized as risk factors for coronary artery disease and stroke. Now a study published online April 19, 2016, by the journal Heart suggests that loneliness and isolation are just as dangerous. Researchers analyzed the data from 23 studies that involved more than 180,000 adults over periods ranging from three to 21 years. They noted that loneliness or social isolation was associated with a…

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