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A hug a day

A hug a day keeps the doctor away. At least that’s the report from the University of North Carolina which concluded that women’s hearts benefit from daily hugs. After hugging, wo­men showed an increase in oxytocin, a “bonding” hormone, a reduction in blood pressure and even lower levels of cortisol, a blood hormone that when elevated can cause metabolic disturbances. The results were less significant for men.

 Speak Up, year XIX, number 227.

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