Social Isolation May Rival Smoking, Hypertension As Risk Factor For Premature Death.

Medscape (9/18, Brooks) reports that, according to a study published online Sept. 12 in the American Journal of Public Health, “social isolation is a risk factor for premature death that rivals more traditional mortality risk factors of smoking and” hypertension. Researchers arrived at that conclusion after analyzing “data on 16,849 adults participating in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) and the National Death Index,” then using “the Social Network Index (SNI) to measure social isolation.”

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