Speculative Diversion: the Individual and Public Health Implications of Low Social Status (BBC News / Science)

Summary

Recent research on primates appears to confirm Sir Michael Marmot’s earlier epidemiological research concerning UK civil servants (the so-called Whitehall Studies) regarding health inequalities arising from differences in social status.

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Gallagher, J. (2016). Low social status ‘can damage immune system’. London: BBC Health News, November 25th 2016.

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Reference

Snyder-Mackler, N. Sanz, J. [and] Kohn, JN. [et al] (2016). Social status alters immune regulation and response to infection in macaques. Science. November 25th 2016; 354(6315): 1041-1045.

See also, regarding implications for social gradients in human health:

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Low social status ‘damages immune function’. London: NHS Choices; Behind the Headlines, November 25th 2016.