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December 28, 2014

Hugging it out

10:37 am - Posted by Gregg

Can hugging actually help prevent getting a cold? A brand new study from Carnegie Melon University says “Yes,” according to a recent Washington Post article.

According to a Carnegie Mellon News article written by Shilo Rea, the research revealed that “perceived social support reduced the risk of infection associated with experiencing conflicts. Hugs were responsible for one-third of the protective effect of social support. Among infected participants, greater perceived social support and more frequent hugs both resulted in less severe illness symptoms whether or not they experienced conflicts.”

Of course, there can be a downside to hugging people during flu and cold season the researchers are quick to point out. But even so, perhaps a hug a day can (along with an apple) keep the doctor away?

To read the full Washington Post article, click here.

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