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Lindley Estes is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Lindley Estes.

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Warning: Employment can be hazardous to your health

LOOKING for a silver lining to the current state of the U.S. economy? Here’s one. Death rates decline and people get healthier when economic conditions get worse. When the economy booms, health gets worse.

That’s true both in the U.S. and abroad, Christopher J. Ruhm has shown with extensive research. Ruhm is an economics professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I read about Ruhm’s research in a recent column that Geoff Colvin wrote for Fortune magazine. Ruhm sent me a couple of his recent research papers, and the findings were interesting.

Click here for the full Business Browser column.

Also, on an unrelated note, I wrote a book review today of Jon Krakauer’s "Where Men Win Glory" about the combat death of former NFL star Pat Tillman in Afghanistan. I highly recommend the book. Click the link below to read more about it on Amazon.

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman