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Optimistic people have less risk of heart attack

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists have long known that Type A personalities and people who are chronically angry, anxious or depressed have a higher risk of heart attacks.

Now a Harvard review of the flip side of that psychology concludes that being upbeat and optimistic just may help protect against heart disease.

Rather than focusing only on how to lessen heart risks, "it might also be useful to focus on how we might bolster the positive side of things," said lead researcher Julia Boehm of the Harvard School of Public Health.

Boehm reviewed dozens of studies examining a positive outlook -- as determined by various psychological measurements -- on heart health. Optimism in particular seems key, as a number of studies found the most optimistic people had half the risk of a first heart attack when compared with the least optimistic, Boehm said.



12 parishes rescued by Vatican to reopen

CLEVELAND -- Twelve Catholic parishes that were closed by local church officials but then surprisingly spared by the Vatican will be reopened, the Cleveland bishop announced Tuesday.

Bishop Richard Lennon said he didn't want to drag out the dispute, create more uncertainty or divide the area's Catholic community.

Last month's extraordinary Vatican decision to overrule his closing of the 12 parishes was a rare instance of Rome reversing a U.S. bishop on the shutdown of churches.

Lennon had ordered the churches closed over the past several years because of declining numbers of priests and parishioners.