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    Tackling Loneliness Could Boost Britain’s NHS

    Facing a funding crunch amid the U.K.’s impending withdrawal from the European Union, the National Health Service badly needs to cut costs. One option: Promoting preventative care programs, such as those aimed at fighting loneliness. Experts say social isolation is as physically harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes per day, so backing robust counseling efforts early on — with help from local authorities and volunteers — could help ease the financial burden down the road. If properly funded, such bespoke solutions could prove crucial for Britain’s health care system.

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