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Monday, May 16, 2016

Death risk reduced for women who frequently attend religious services



define:  a pri·o·ri
ˌā prīˈôrī/
adjective
adjective: a priori; adjective: apriori
1.
relating to or denoting reasoning or knowledge that proceeds from theoretical deduction rather than from observation or experience.
"a priori assumptions about human nature"
synonyms:theoretical, deduced, deductive, inferred, postulated, suppositional
"a priori reasoning"
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 For their study, the team analyzed the data on 74,543 women who were part of the Nurses' Health Study. The majority of women were Catholic or Protestant.....However, there are also a number of limitations. For example, all participants were female nurses in the U.S., most of whom were white Christians. As such, the team says the results may not apply to the general population, other countries, or regions with limited religious freedom.
 ....But how do religious practices impact health? This is what VanderWeele and colleagues set out to investigate, noting that there is limited information in this field.
"Religious participation and beliefs can affect individual behavior, shift cognition and emotion, promote compassion, shape communities and public life, and may otherwise promote well-being, health, and wholeness, but religion can also promote guilt, anxiety, violence, and intolerance," say the authors.
"A priori, the effects of religious practice on health are not thus immediately clear."....

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