‘Level of popularity has an effect on health’

‘Level of popularity has an effect on health’

A higher social status seems to have a positive impact on health. That concluded researchers from Duke University, from North Carolina, after the study of groups of rhesus monkeys.

Monkeys with a lower social status were often prone to stress and inflammation, writes Daily Mail. According to the researchers, the results can potentially be translated to humans as rhesus monkeys genetically close to people.

The research contributes to the growing conviction that there is a strong link between socio-economic status and health.

The team from Duke University looked at five groups of nine female rhesus monkeys. The monkeys were a for a are added to the group, then looked to the hierarchy. After one year, the groups jumbled, making the pecking order changed.

Pecking order

The white blood cells was deduced that the immune system evolved from monkeys, which is the lowest in the pecking order stood. Researchers found more than 1,600 differences in genes between monkeys high and low in the pecking order stood.

After each throw of the groups was in monkeys that all of a sudden a higher social status also had a change in their immune system. “That suggests that the health effects that are related to status, not permanently,” said Jenny Tung, co-author of the study.

The results of the research are published in Science.

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