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What 2.7 Million People Can Teach Us About Death and Connection

Few things unmoor us like losing a friend. But research doesn’t offer us definitive answers on how we handle loss on a social level, either digitally or in real life. Do our friend groups bounce back, break or something in between when someone passes away? That question is what makes a new study in Nature Human Behavior so fascinating: Using data from more than 45,000 social networks on Facebook (think of a network as you and all of your Facebook friends) that included more than 2.7 million people, researchers found that when a person died, their online friends and acquaintances became closer not just in the immediate aftermath, but for years to come.

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Working This Many Hours Per Week Could Affect Your Heart

Putting in long hours at the office can be tough mentally, and now there’s new evidence that it may be bad for your physical health, too. According to findings published in the European Heart Journal, working more than 55 hours per week is linked to an increased risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation.

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