Friday Link Love: Does Crying Make You Feel Better?

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Cry Me a River…On Second Thought, Don’t

Does having a good cry make you feel better? If so, you might be in the minority. A new study, published in Journal of Research in Personality and reported on by The Body Odd, found that out of 1,004 women who kept daily crying journals, only 30 percent experienced a better mood afterward. Nine percent felt worse and 61 percent felt the same.  Those who sobbed with the greatest intensity – but not for the longest amount of time – got the biggest bang for their buck in terms of mood boost. The study’s lead author, Jonathan Rottenberg, an associate professor of psychology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, told The Body Odd, “Crying is not nearly beneficial as people think it is.”

What’s your experience? Do you find this to be true?

FYI on UTIs

Have you tried cranberry juice or pills for a urinary tract infection (UTI)? You’re not alone, but there’s still a ton of conflicting evidence about the efficacy.

According to Time‘s blog, Healthland, cranberries “contain tannins that prevent E. Coli bacteria–the primary UTI culprit–from attaching to the walls of the urinary tract.” But studies have shown that cranberries are a less effective treatment than antibiotics.

And yet, some doctors still encourage women with UTIs to give cranberry a try. The reason? Studies have shown that women with recurrent UTIs are more likely to become resistant to antibiotics than those who rely on cranberry products. Read on for the full story.

New Nutritional Labels — Cast Your Vote!

Several weeks ago, we wrote about a contest to design a new food label that was held by the University of California Berkeley School of Journalism and Good Magazine.  Drumroll please…the results are in! The New York Times shared them this week. The winning designer used colorful boxes to depict what’s in the product. The article also shared the second and third place label designs and are equally fascinating to look at. (You can see all three winning designs here.)

Berkeley professor and contest judge Michael Pollan called the efforts a “step in the right direction” and added that he’d like to see a label that can show the degree to which foods have been processed.

Although the judging panel has picked its favorites among the label submissions, the project is now asking members of the public to vote on their favorites. The project’s Web site, Rethink the Food Label, will take votes through midday Sunday and announce the winner next week.

While the designs aren’t part of any official effort to redesign the food label, contest creators and judges are hoping that it will catch the attention of the Food and Drug Administration.

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