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Divorce Research: Top Findings of 2010

Huffington Post     First Posted: 12/28/10 03:27 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

Celebrity divorces may have grabbed the majority of the headlines this year (ahem, Tiger, Eva, Sandra), but the divorce researchers who made leaps and bounds are equally deserving of our attention. Indeed, 2010 produced a phenomenal amount of important divorce research. Click through for the top findings of the year.

Children of divorce face twice the lifetime risk of stroke
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Dr. Esme Fuller-Thomson of the University of Toronto found that children of divorce have approximately 2.2 times higher risk for stroke in their lifetime, compared to children who grew up in intact families. Thomson and her team surveyed more than 13,000 Canadians—10 percent of whom had experienced divorce as a child or adolescent. Research on the subject is ongoing. "This is just one factor among many that may increase stroke risk," she said. "And we don't know that it's causal, in the sense that divorce leads to a stroke. It could be that many other things are at work here that are related to divorce, but are not divorce itself. We just don't know yet."
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