Mothers may face increased risk of death following death of a child.

In print and in its “Well” blog, the New York Times (7/10, D6, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports, “Mothers face a significantly increased risk of death in the years following the death of a child,” according to an analysis published in the June issue of the journal Economics & Human Biology. “Using federal Census Bureau data, researchers tracked information on 69,224 mothers ages 20 to 50 over nine years.” Investigators found that “in the two years following the death of a child, the odds of the mother dying increased to more than three times that of mothers whose children survived. After two years, the difference narrowed, but it was still 22 percent higher for grieving mothers.”

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— “Child’s Death May Raise Mother’s Mortality, “Nicholas Bakalar, The New York Times, July 9, 2012.

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