09 May 2017

Being lonely makes the effects of a cold seem even worse

According to a study recently published in the journal Health Psychology, being lonely makes the effects of a cold seem even worse. When US scientists administered cold-inducing nasal drops to 159 volunteers aged 18 to 55 and quarantined them in hotel rooms for five days, those test subjects who felt lonely tended to report more severe symptoms than others who had stronger social networks. Which goes to show that most tricky situations – even a case of the common cold – are easier to negotiate with a little help from your friends.


Live healthier

Your hearing »

Are you going deaf or do you just need to unblock your ears? 4 foods that can improve your hearing

Healthy eating may protect your hearing

Watching what you eat can improve the quality of your hearing and reduce your risk of hearing loss.

Quit smoking »

Tougher anti-tobacco laws in the pipeline Bad news, smokers: It's going to be more inconvenient to smoke

This is why many SA smokers quit – Health24 survey

After running our survey for several weeks, the results are in – and they reveal interesting information about smoking and tobacco use in South Africa.