HEALTH INFORMATION: How to See Blood When You’re Lonely
Loneliness can be reflected in your blood.
Japanese scientists analyzed blood samples from 83 people and found specific connections in people suffering from “extreme social withdrawal.”
They had high levels of long-chain acylcarnitine — a fat linked to heart problems. Lonely men also had low levels of bilirubin and arginine – which are linked to depression.
The researchers, who published their study in the journal Dialogues In Clinical Neuroscience, say it is “the first step in uncovering the biological roots of the condition.”
Loneliness can be reflected in your blood. Japanese scientists analyzed blood samples from 83 people and found specific connections in people suffering from “extreme social withdrawal.” (Asked by model)
Why Lecter was a psychopath…
The brains of psychopaths are structurally different from those without psychopathic traits.
Using MRI scanners, scientists examined 120 people and found that an area of the brain called the striatum was, on average, ten percent larger in adults with psychopathic tendencies.
Psychopathic traits – as seen in Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter (above) in Red Dragon – include a lack of regret or empathy
The striatum helps process feelings of motivation and reward.
Psychopathic traits — as seen in Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in Red Dragon — include a lack of remorse or empathy.
Olivia Choy, of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, said: “There may be differences in biology, in this case the size of brain structures, between antisocial and non-antisocial individuals.”
Long-term exposure to air pollution increases the risk of kidney problems.
US researchers compared the health data of 60 million people with regional pollution data over a 16-year period. Those who lived in areas with above-average pollution were two percent more likely to be hospitalized with chronic kidney disease.
They were also one percent more likely to be hospitalized with total kidney and urinary tract disease.
The study took into account levels of nitrogen dioxide and small pollutants called PM2.5 particles, both of which are produced by cars. Up to 36,000 Britons die every year from air pollution.
Experts believe the kidneys are vulnerable because toxins become concentrated when they filter the blood.
Most men overestimate how healthy they are. In a poll that polled 893 American men about their health habits, nearly two-thirds said they were healthier than average.
dr. Thomas Kelley, of the Orlando Health clinic, who commissioned the study, advised men to get checked-ups more often.
He said: “Even if you think you are healthy and experiencing no symptoms, problems can arise that often go unnoticed and can also be life-threatening if left unchecked.”
Most men overestimate how healthy they are. In a poll that polled 893 American men about their health habits, nearly two-thirds said they were healthier than average. (Asked by model)