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People’s long term health deteriorates rapidly after retirement.

6 year mortality rate drops from 12% to 2% for people in two social groups.

Similar effect as physical activity on health.

Study of 424 participants, older than 50, over a six-year period published in BMJ Open.

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Online, open access journal, dedicated to publishing medical research from all disciplines and therapeutic areas


Australian Research Council DECRA Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland.


Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey


Public research university in New York


Study that collects multidisciplinary data from a representative sample of the English population aged 50 and older.


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