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Marriage and health . . . and other stories

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2929 (Published 12 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k2929

Better health in married people

A few months ago, Minerva mentioned a systematic review that found married people had a slightly lower risk of dementia than people who were single or widowed (BMJ doi:10.1136/bmj.k28). Another systematic review now reports that very much the same thing is true of cardiovascular disease (Heart doi:10.1136/heartjnl-2018-313005). It’s not clear how far this gets us. Perhaps the practical and emotional support provided by a long term partner is good for health. Or is it that people with poorer health are less likely to find partners?

Women’s views on mammography screening

Two community juries of Australian women decided by a majority verdict that screening …

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