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Partners can help each other make positive health behaviour changes, study says

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 20 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h301
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Both men and women are more likely to make a positive health change, such as stopping smoking or taking up exercise, if their partner does too, research published in JAMA Internal Medicine has shown.

Analysis of data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, a large population based cohort of 3722 married or cohabiting couples over the age of 50, showed that people whose partners changed their behaviour to …

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