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Pathological gambling runs in families

Pathological gambling runs in families, a new study confirms, which shows that first-degree relatives of pathological gamblers are eight times more likely to develop this problem in their lifetime than relatives of people without pathological gambling. Pathological gambling -- gambling that is serious enough that it becomes a clinical issue -- is a major public health problem that affects between 0.5 and 1.5 percent of American adults at some point during their lives.
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