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Optimism may not always be a good thing

Benefits of stress


Always looking on the bright side of life can be bad for you and feeling under stress helps us cope better with bad news, according to new research. The findings published in the journal JNeurosci provide a potential mechanism by which levels of optimism are adapted to the relative safety or danger of the environment.

University College London psychologists asked people what their risk was of experiencing something bad. Then they gave them good or bad news. The pessimistic people took the bad news better. The eternal optimists were more likely to be crestfallen by the bad news and unable to act rationally.

Pessimism pays


Female doctors better for women?

Better listeners

Women who show up in the emergency room with a heart attack are less likely to die if they are treated by a female physician rather than a male, a new study finds. The researchers scrutinized data from nearly 582,000 heart attack patients, according to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The likely cause for this are delays in treatment because the male doctors took longer to diagnose the heart attack. Also, female physicians may take women’s symptoms more seriously. Moreover, women are better listeners and spend more time with their patients. The study highlights the importance of having a strong female physician workforce. 

Need for women


Why you should never refreeze ice cream

Food poisoning

Ice cream can pose a danger after purchase if it has melted and then been refrozen. It can cause food poisoning. This happens when it is taken from the freezer, left out to thaw and then returned to the freezer before being taken out again to eat later, says an article in The Conversation.

Ice cream melts fairly rapidly at room temperature and the milky, sugary, liquid concoction is a perfect petri dish for bacteria. Put the tub back in the freezer once you’ve scooped out the amount you want. Eating contaminated ice cream can cause stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and loss of appetite.

Dangerous desserts


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