Study: Grief can affect your immune system in old age

Study: Grief can affect your immune system in old age
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New research suggests that the body's immune system responses to grief may change with age. The study may provide insight as to why some elderly couples die within hours of each other.

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Birmingham found that young people may be more "resilient" when bearing grief, while older people "become more susceptible to infection, Time reports. The study, published in the journal Immunity and Ageing, looked at 41 "young" people, who were roughly age 32, and 52 "older" people, who were roughly age 75. Some of the participants experienced grief, while others did not.

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