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A Second Opinion with Senator Bill Frist, M.D.


May 11, 2020

Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University. She is a loneliness and social isolation expert whose research focuses on the longterm health effects of social connections. And she has made the remarkable finding that being socially isolated carries the same health risk as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. And it's more predictive of early death than the effects of air pollution or physical inactivity. We recognize today that the U.S. and a number of other developed nations are facing a loneliness epidemic. And Dr. Holt-Lunstad's years of research on this issue are ahead of its time.

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