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Recession impact on health

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN (NBC) -- The recession may be bad for your wallet, but might actually be good for your health.

Researchers at the University of Michigan looked at the health of people living before, during and after the great depression.  Before the economic collapse in the 20's: deaths were up and life expectancy decreased. 

Between 1929 and 1932, during the height of the depression, life expectancy in the United States increased from 57 to 63.

The study didn't look at reasons why this occurred, but suspect that during times of economic growth, people are working and partying more.  This means less sleep, more time at the office, and more drinking and smoking.
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