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Nov142010

Researchers: You Really Can Die From a Broken Heart

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ST. ANDREWS, Scotland) -- Researchers at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland say they have found clear evidence in a massive study that there is something they call the "widowhood effect," which indicates many people really do die of sorrow at the loss of a loved one.

Researchers looked at 58,000 married couples, dating back to 1991, in a study spotlighted in The Daily Mail.  They found 40 percent of women and 26 percent of men died within three years of their partners.  The causes range from cancer and heart disease to accidents and suicide.  In some cases the death of the spouse was almost immediate.  Forty died within 10 days and 12 died on the same day.  Although the causes differ, researchers say their evidence of a "widowhood effect" is "robust."

The full study will be published next year in the journal, Epidemiology.

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