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Positive emotions linked to lower blood pressure

Reuters News Service, CNN.com, Oct. 18, 2006http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2006-10-18T174150Z_01_COL863671_RTRUKOC_0_US-BLOOD-PRESSURE.xml&WTmodLoc=HealthNewsHome_C2_healthNews-1 http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/10/18/blood.pressure.reut/ Having a positive outlook makes life more enjoyable, and it may also lower blood pressure in older adults. Among more than 2,500 people aged 65 or older, the higher a person scored on a questionnaire measuring positive emotions, the lower was his or her blood pressure. "Our thoughts and emotions do affect our physical processes," Dr. Glenn V. Ostir of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, the study's lead author. (This story has appeared nationally and internationally in print and electronic news.)



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