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Lois Collins's Blog

I adore a good love story, so it's no surprise I enjoyed listening to Los Angeles Times columnist... more »
posted 08/06/13
Studies have linked loneliness and social isolation to an array of potentially devastating health... more »
posted 07/07/13

Lois Collins's Work

When I tackled the topic of loneliness as a 2013 National Health Journalism Fellowship project, I honestly didn't think it would be hard to find people who were lonely so that I could write about the issue. I was right and wrong.

Childhood cancers, behavior-impacting disabilities like autism, extremely brittle bones or compromised immune systems are just some of the conditions that may leave kids — and by extension, their families — feeling lonely.

Loneliness, as a medical matter, has begun to capture the attention of health experts worldwide. A growing body of research compares loneliness to documented health killers like smoking and obesity.