Gender News

Physical Violence Tied to Disruption of Stress Hormone in Women

December 24th, 2014
A new study links physical violence against women by their male partners to disruption of a key stress hormone, which could lead to a variety of negative health effects. The study by the University of Oregon and the Oregon Social Learning Center looked ...

Expectant Fathers May Face Prenatal Hormone Changes

December 21st, 2014
A new study has found that impending fatherhood can lower two hormones -- testosterone and estradiol -- in men, even before their babies are born. According to researchers at the University of Michigan, previous studies have shown that men’s hormones change once they ...

Women Criticized for Weight Tend to Gain More

December 20th, 2014
When a woman is criticized by a loved one for her weight, she is likely to gain even more, according to a new study by the University of Waterloo in Canada. On the other hand, those who feel unconditionally accepted are more likely ...

Benzodiazepine Prescriptions Increase with Age

December 19th, 2014
Despite the known risks for older people, prescription use of benzodiazepines -- sedative and anti-anxiety medications such as alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium) -- increases with age, according to a new analysis of benzodiazepine prescription use in the United States. The study ...

Women Have More Empathy to Partner

December 19th, 2014
Although it has long been suspected that women are more empathetic toward their partner, a new study has come to the same conclusion using scientific inquiry and empirical research. Australian researchers, Dr Cindy Mervin and Professor Paul Frijters, found ...

Average Faces Considered Trustworthy

December 17th, 2014
New research suggests typical or average- looking faces are considered more honest than attractive, or unattractive faces. The way people judge faces is especially important in cultural environments where face typicality, or the similar structure of faces, often influences face-related judgments. “Face typicality likely ...

Nature, Nurture Both Figure Into Antisocial Behavior

December 13th, 2014
If you happen to carry a particular variant for one of three common genes (whether you carry just one or all three), you may be more likely to engage in antisocial behavior, but only if you were exposed to an abusive or ...

Animal Studies May Help Explain Postpartum Disorders

December 9th, 2014
A new study suggests an expanded research agenda on animals could help to improve knowledge on human psychiatric conditions that occur after birth. Experts say that in the days shortly after giving birth, mothers often experience a period of increased calmness and decreased ...

Bad Marriage May Worsen Health Problems of Caregiver

December 7th, 2014
Being a caregiver for a chronically ill family member can negatively impact your physical, biological and mental health, but if you are also in a strained marriage, these negative health effects may feel intensified, according to a new study at South Dakota ...

Mentally Ill More Likely to Be Tested for HIV

December 6th, 2014
People with mental health disorders are more likely to get tested for HIV than those without mental illness, according to a new report by Penn Medicine and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, those with the most severe ...