The impact of social isolation and the thinking virus
Posted at: 03/26/2013 7:54 PM
New research reveals social isolation and loneliness can actually shorten the lives of elderly people.
Seniors who had little contact with their friends and relatives were more likely to die early, regardless of their health or any other factors.
Researchers aren't sure why isolation is a strong predictor of death, but say other studies have shown social contact is a vital aspect to health and happiness.
There's another new study that says the virus that causes cold sores may affect your thinking and memory.
The study published in the Journal Neurology finds people who have higher levels of infection in their blood were more likely to score poorly on memory and thinking tests.
Dr. Papa from the University of Rochester Medical Center joined News10NBC's Lia Lando to talk about these two new studies.
To see the interview, press play on the video player above.