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  • Hugs not bugs! Orembraces notbacteriophages? NoJust HUG MORE! It's good for you.

  • It's still cold and flu season, so obviously people are concerned about their immune strength.

  • And now scientists from Carnegie Mellon have found the simple hug might be a weapon on

  • the FRONT LINE OF YOUR IMMUNE BATTLE.

  • Humans are social creatures, we talk, we laugh, we have intricate body language and we hug!!!

  • YaY! I love a good hug, and this new science says there might be more than one good reason

  • to get a nice squeeze. It turns out your social feelings weigh far more heavily on your physiology

  • than you may have thought. According to a study published in last months Psychological

  • Science, people who are stressed or have ongoing problems in relationships would have trouble

  • fighting off a cold virus. The peeps at Carnegie Mellon found, those with low QUOTE "social

  • support" would succumb to cold symptoms more quickly than those with high social support.

  • They discovered this when they exposed 400 volunteers to cold viruses -- sidebar: they

  • signed up for this, but still, wow. -- and talked to them about their relationships,

  • conflicts and if they'd received any hugs that day. Their findings suggest those who

  • received hugs from a trusted person were less stressed and had less severe illness symptoms.

  • The researchers think this is because they had a broader social support structure. In

  • the study, 75 percent of the volunteers developed a cold, but those with higher social support

  • and frequent hugs recovered better; more hugs, more better.

  • Firstly, I want to critique a little because they didn't identify what a hug is. The ass-out

  • hugs aren't awesome. It's got to be like, a real hug, right? I mean, according to a

  • 2003 study a 20 second hug with a partner followed by 10 minutes of hand-holding had

  • significantly lower levels of stress. And a separate study says a 10 second hug can

  • provide a physiological response as well, but they never really said. I go for the long

  • hugs. Likereally long. [[awkward pause]]

  • Studies have shown hugs lower blood pressure, decrease feelings of loneliness, and improve

  • cardiac health, because when you hug someone, the hormone oxytocin is released, which makes

  • both the hugger and the huggee feel good. That oxytocin interacts with the body in a

  • number of ways, aside from being known as the "love hormone" because it facilitates

  • bonding, it also boosts chemical release which trigger immune system boosts. That also drops

  • the levels of stress hormones in the body, which impair immune strength, not to mention

  • the other things stress can do to the body.

  • This is extra interesting news, given the recent release by the CDCThis year's flu

  • vaccine isn't exactly right. Before each season, the scientists use statistics and behaviors

  • of influenza strains from previous years, to determine which flu viruses will dominate,

  • and then create a vaccine for those. Last year, the CDC says, the flu vaccine was 60-percent

  • effective -- which is pretty good. This year though, they missed one. So get hugging. In

  • the end, giving your friend a hug might be the better than sharing your vitamin C…

  • and we could all use a little more love, right? Just make sure you're not already sick. That

  • might be counterproductive.

  • When it comes to hugs, is it better to give or receive?!

Hugs not bugs! Orembraces notbacteriophages? NoJust HUG MORE! It's good for you.

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ハグは風邪と戦うことができますか? (Can Hugs Fight The Common Cold?)

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