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Having a partner during midlife is an important factor against premature death: singles have twice the probability of dying early than those who are married. This is the conclusion of a study conducted at Duke University that analyzed data collected on 5,000 former University of North Carolina alumni in an ongoing study of individuals born in the 1940s.

The objective was to validate the weight of social ties during midlife. Among the discoveries, the importance of replacing a lost partner. People who become divorced or widowed without replacement reduce the risk of reaching old age.

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