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Scientists want to know if your parents' divorce is making you sick

But don't stay together for the kids' immune systems.
Woman sneezing

Individuals whose parents had a noncooperative divorce showed a more pronounced immune response when exposed to a common cold virus.


Turns out if your parents played nice during their divorce, you might not go through as many boxes of tissues as an adult.

In a recent study led by Carnegie Mellon University psychologists, folks whose parents had separated on non-speaking terms during their childhood were three times as likely to develop a cold when intentionally exposed to the virus—even though adults whose parents had separated but continued to communicate were

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