It’s most likely that the low neuroticism and higher extraversion will confer health advantages for these subjects,’ said senior author Thomas Perls, MD, MPH, director of the New England Centenarian Study. ‘For instance, people who are reduced neuroticism can easily manage or regulate stressful situations more effectively than those with higher neuroticism levels. Similarly, high extraversion levels have been connected with establishing friendships and caring for yourself,’ he said.‘For many years, we in surgery have believed that surgical crisis situations are too complex for simple checklists to be useful. This work implies that assumption is wrong,’ said Atul Gawande, M.D., senior writer of the paper, a surgeon at Brigham and Ladies's professor and Hospital at the Harvard College of Public Health. ‘Four years ago, we showed that completing a routine checklist before surgery can reduce the likelihood of a major complication substantially.

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