Social rejection is bad for your health

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Social rejection could be bad for your health according to a study published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. According to the study, social rejection is associated with increased inflammatory markers that are linked to depression, cardiovascular disease, asthma and arthritis. The study, which was conducted in a lab with 124 healthy adults, found that social rejection was associated with increased levels of two inflammatory markers detected orally. The inflammatory markers were linked to regions of the brain that process rejection-related distress, Shelley Taylor, PhD, and colleagues at the University of California Los Angeles reported. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.

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