A happy marriage apparently is good medicine, but hostile spouses may be harmful to one another's health. Couples in (36) ______ marriages take longer than the happily married to heal from all kinds of wounds, from minor scrapes or (37) ______ injuries to major surgery, suggests a study over the weekend. And the health toll taken by a stressful job seems to be (38) ______ when the worker has a pleasurable home life. This new research, reported at an American Psychosomatic Society meeting, adds to growing evidence that marriage has an (39) ______ on health. In the wound healing study, 42 couples agreed to let researchers use a suction (40) ______ to create several minor blister wounds on their skin in two (41) ______ about two months apart. The first time, couples were told to discuss a (42) ______ topic; the next time they were given half an hour to (43) ______ an issue or two on which they disagreed. Their discussions were monitored. Researchers also (44) _______________________________________________________ . The outcome: "Even a simple discussion of a disagreement slows wound healing," says psychologist Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, who did the study with co-author Ronald Glaser of Ohio State University College of Medicine. Overall, (45) ________________________________________________________________ . Hostile couples-peppering both discussions with criticism, sarcasm and put-downs-healed the slowest. It took them 40% longer, or two more days, to heal, and they also produced less of the proteins linked to healing. (46) _____________________________________________________________________________ , Kiecolt-Glaser adds. "Such stress before surgery matters greatly," she says, and the effect could apply to healing from any injury.