Being isolated in total darkness has many physical and psychological consequences.
Depression, an altered sleep cycle, and hallucinations are some of the effects of living alone in total darkness.
Few work environments offer greater isolation than Antarctica.
Isolation at work can be unhealthy. But it can also be a good thing – as this researcher found out when he walked solo from Melbourne to Sydney.
Younger Australians struggle more with loneliness than older generations.
Half of Australians feel lonely for at least one day a week, while one in four feel lonely for three or more days. This can impact on sleep, heart health and levels of anxiety.
Other cultures view dementia differently. Could they help us be better caregivers?
More than 16 million people in the U.S. take care of people with dementia. Could we learn something from how other cultures view dementia as more of a social disease rather than a lonely one?
Hiking the Savage River Loop in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
Many studies have shown that time outdoors is good for our physical health. Three wilderness education experts explain why periods alone in nature also provide mental and spiritual benefits.
Alone in the crowd, but not lonely.
Recent news reports suggest that the US is experiencing a loneliness epidemic. But the research is a bit more complicated.
Social isolation is linked to increased blood pressure and depression.
Social isolation is linked to higher blood pressure, lower cognitive abilities and even increased chances of premature death.
Loneliness (feeling alone) and solitude (being alone) are not the same thing.
The long, dark days of winter can be a particularly lonely time for some people. But hermits, in many religious traditions, often found joy in being alone.
When dog owners meet, it helps build a safe and connected community.
A study of Australian and US cities has demonstrated that pet ownership strengthens people's connections with their neighbours.
Hospital-acquired infections remains an underfunded public health problem in most African countries.
Hospitals in South Africa need to improve their surveillance of infections among children and newborn babies.
The public in Sierra Leone was proactive in reporting suspected Ebola cases.
The power to overcoming Ebola was in public awareness by performing simple yet basic infection prevention and control measures like washing hands, isolation and reporting suspected cases.
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