Are the Markets Bad for Your Heart?
Preliminary data suggests there might be a correlation between stock market declines and heart attacks.
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- Are the Markets Bad for Your Heart?
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- The Lack of an Estate Tax
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- Lower Commissions: A Good Deal?
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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.
Mona Fiuzat, PharmD, a researcher at Duke and the study’s lead investigator, opined, “We can’t say definitively that there is an association. There is the possibility that there is no relationship.”
Others think the Duke researchers may be onto something. Dr. James McClurken, chairman of the American College of Cardiology’s annual conference—where the results were released—told the Associated Press that he thought the initial findings (which were not adjusted for seasonal factors) may have “merit.”
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