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Too much time online ‘damages immune system’

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Too much time online could damage your immune system and make you more likely to catch flu, research suggests.

People with greater levels of internet addiction are more susceptible to coughs and colds than those who spend less time online, according to the study.

The research was carried out by Swansea University ‘s College of Human and Health Science.

The surveyed 500 people, aged between 18 and 101, and discovered that those who go on the web too much have 30% more cold and flu symptoms than those who do not.

It also suggested that internet addicts may suffer stress when they are disconnected from the net and the cycle of “stress and relief” may lead to altered levels of cortisol – a hormone that impacts immune function. – READ MORE

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