5 Dec 2015

Loneliness kills, migrating birds and fat families

From This Way Up, 12:50 pm on 5 December 2015
Dr Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists

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Naked Science

Loneliness can kill you; scientists in California have worked out that people who feel isolated experience specific changes to their immune systems. It goes some way to explaining why you're twice as likely to die from loneliness as you are from obesity. Also a new study reveals some reasons behind the slump in migrating bird numbers over the past 30 years, and clear evidence of why and how being overweight tends to run in families.