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Are the Markets Bad for Your Heart?

Preliminary data suggests there might be a correlation between stock market declines and heart attacks.

Researchers from Duke University Medical Center studied the relationship between the recent bear market and an increase in the incidence of heart attacks. Using data for the period of January 2008 through July 2009, the researchers found a trend between declining stock prices and an increased number of heart attacks. However, once the data was adjusted to account for seasonality (more heart attacks occur during the winter), the trend was less clear.

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