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The healthy flock . . . and other stories

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 24 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4373

Religious observance and mortality

Large epidemiological surveys have found that people who regularly attend religious services have lower mortality than people who don’t. Setting aside supernatural explanations, investigators used data from more than 5000 participants in the Health and Retirement Study in the US to explore what might be mediating the association (Am J Epidemiol doi:10.1093/aje/kwy211). After controlling for demographic confounders, they identified social factors such as contact with friends and family and psychological factors such as increased life satisfaction and behavioural factors, which included taking exercise and drinking less alcohol.

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