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Status and Health

The lower a person is on the social ladder — as measured by income, education and other markers of relative status — the higher the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, cancer, psychiatric disorders and a host of other illnesses. One recent study based on income data from 1.4 billion tax records found that people in the top 1 percent income bracket had life expectancies that were as much as 10 to 15 years longer than those in the bottom 1 percent. ...
In the Nov. 25 issue of the journal Science, a team of researchers reports that for 45 female rhesus monkeys, their relative position in the dominance hierarchy altered the functioning of their immune systems, with lower ranked monkeys showing lower levels of some types of disease-fighting cells.
- Erica Goode, For Monkeys, Lower Status Affects Immune System, NYT, Nov. 25, 2016


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