Poor Kids Get Ill More When They Grow Up

By Ross Johnson on at

As if they didn't have it hard enough already. We reported earlier this year that having short telomeres will increase your risk of catching a cold, but further research now suggests that children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds will already have shorter telomeres.

The research comes from Carnegie Mellon University, who measured 152 volunteers' socioeconomic status in childhood by determining whether, and for how long, their parents owned the family home.

The researchers, once they'd figured out whether their participants wore hand-me-downs as kids, mercilessly exposed them to a rhinovirus to see if it triggered a common cold. The result? Those people who were poorer in childhood were 21% more likely to get ill. [Carnegie Mellon via Futurity]

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