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(CBS News) - With “Tax Day” looming on April 17, many Americans are adding stress to their lives by trying to file their returns in time. But can that stress kill you?

New research published in the April 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association finds Americans are more likely to die in a car crash on Tax Day.

For the research, Dr. Donald A. Redelmeier, a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, and colleagues retrieved IRS data on every Tax Day from 1980 through 2009, and compared those dates with fatal road crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For comparison, the researchers also identified “control” subjects who were involved in fatal car crashes one week before and one week after each year’s Tax Day.

What did they find?

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