How Loneliness Can Be Deadly

We’ve all felt isolated at times, but the so-called “invisible epidemic” that is loneliness is about much more than ephemeral feelings of sadness. Doctors have known for some time that loneliness is associated with not only chronic illness but death, too. Now, scientists are beginning to unravel why this is, with the discovery that social isolation puts our body in “fight or flight” mode, preparing for social threat. This triggers a cascade of events that ultimately alter the production of white blood cells, leaving us vulnerable to disease.

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An ISIS defector explained a key reason people continue joining the group


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ISIS militants march in a military parade.

Despite ISIS’s claims of ruling over a Islamic “caliphate” in line with Sharia law, a large number of the group’s fighters joined for reasons having little to do with religion, according to a defector from the group that The Daily Beast’s Michael Weiss interviewed in Istanbul, Turkey.

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For the First Time Ever, the FDA Will Allow a GMO Animal to Be Sold in the U.S.

When it comes to seafood, shrimp is the only variety Americans eat more of than salmon. Following an announcement made today by the Food and Drug Administration, some of that salmon we so enjoy may soon be the first genetically modified animal protein to be commercially sold and consumed in the United States.

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