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Mon, Jul

How Love Keeps You Healthy: it can fight disease, boost immunity, and lower stress - Prevention (article link)

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A new study from the University of Iowa found that ovarian cancer patients with a strong sense of connection to others and satisfying relationships had more vigorous "natural killer" cell activity at the site of the tumor than those who didn't have those social ties. (These desirable white blood cells kill cancerous cells as part of the body's immune system.)

Researchers can't say for sure that romance trumps an affectionate family or warm friendships when it comes to wellness. But they are homing in on how sex, kinship, and caring all seem to make us stronger, with health gains that range from faster healing and better control over chronic illnesses to living longer.

http://www.prevention.com/cda/health/healthy-relationships/how-love-keeps-you-healthy/article/8c098169c1903110VgnVCM20000012281eac____