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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Happiness may be linked to reduced risk of heart disease

From the ACC Newsletter:

Bloomberg News (2/18, Cortez) reports that "people who are naturally happy appear to have a lower risk of developing heart disease or dying from heart attacks, according to" a study published in the European Heart Journal.

        The Washington Post (2/17, Huget) "The Checkup" blog reported that investigators "analyzed 10 years of data about 1,739 healthy adults who participated in the 1995 Nova Scotia Health Survey."

        The AP (2/18, Cheng) reports that the researchers "used a five-point scale to measure people's happiness." The investigators found that "for every point on the happiness scale, people were 22 percent less likely to have a heart problem." The research "was paid for by the US National Institutes of Health and others." The UK's Daily Mail (2/18, Hope), the UK's Press Association (2/18), Reuters (2/18, Kelland), MedPage Today (2/17, Neale), and HealthDay (2/17, Reinberg) also covered the story.
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