Loneliness can increase risk of heart disease by 27 percent for older women
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(Linda Searing/ The Philadelphia Tribune) — For older women, being lonely and socially isolated can increase the chance of developing heart disease by as much as 27%, according to research published in the journal JAMA Network Open.

The finding adds heart disease to a list of potential health effects of loneliness and

Loneliness and social isolation increase cancer incidence in men
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(Science Direct) — Globally, cancer is the second leading cause of death. Loneliness has been suggested as a risk factor for cancer mortality. However, connections between loneliness, social isolation, and cancer are poorly understood.

In our longitudinal study (mean follow-up: 20.44 years) of 2570 middle-aged men,  …

Can virtual reality help seniors? Study hopes to find out
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(Terry Spencer/ CTV News) — Terry Colli and three other residents of the John Knox Village senior community got a trip via computer to the International Space Station in the kickoff to a Stanford University study on whether virtual reality can improve the emotional well-being of older people.

Donning 1-pound (470-gram)  …