Lack of ex­pres­sion says a lot

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PEO­PLE WHO suf­fer from se­ri­ous heart or lung ail­ments have a re­duced range of fa­cial ex­pres­sions. This is par­tic­u­larly true of their abil­ity to ex­press sur­prise. Dur­ing a test, 50 adults suf­fer­ing from short­ness of breath and chest pain were shown a hu­mor­ous car­toon, close-up of a sur­prised face, and a pic­ture of some­one cry­ing. Their re­ac­tions were recorded. Re­sults showed that the range of ex­pres­sions of pa­tients who later de­vel­oped se­ri­ous ail­ments was lower than that of the oth­ers. Emer­gency Med­i­cal Jour­nal, July 14

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