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Sibling death in childhood may increase risk for early mortality

April 26, 2017

An individual whose sibling dies during childhood has an increased risk for short-term and long-term mortality, according to results of a population-based study.

The risk is even greater if siblings were close in age and of the same sex, the study suggests.

“Health care professionals should be aware of children’s vulnerability after experiencing sibling death, especially for same-sex sibling pairs and sibling pairs with close age,” Yongfu Yu, PhD, from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, said in a press release. “Social support may help to reduce the level of grief and minimize potential adverse health effects on the bereaved individuals.”

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