Saturday, April 24, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Once the genetic defect was discovered, scientists were determined to find out what other effects it may have on its victims. Unfortunately, since the penis, although technically part of the male DNA, is on the outside of the body, it deteriorates at the same rate and sometimes faster than the body of the male. This discovery led to scientists quickly finding a way to keep the penis (and thus, the male brain) functioning. The result is drugs for what is being called "erectile dysfunction." Another sign of the deterioration of the external part of the chromosome is what is widely referred to as a "mid-life crisis," during which a male will frequently search out younger women (even if he already has a perfectly lovely woman) and faster, phallic-shaped cars. He may sometimes quit a steady job and then attempt one strange get-rich-quick scheme after another, or, in extreme cases, use the time to "find himself." This is all in a subconscious effort to convince himself that he is a young, virile man; the reasoning being that if he believes it, his body will cease deteriorating.
Full article: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/254228/the_y_chromosome_theory_why_women_are.html?cat=47
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Men really do have an excuse for supposedly being wimpy about coughs and colds - their immune systems are not as strong as women's, research suggests.
A Canadian study indicates that the female sex hormone oestrogen gives women's immune systems added bite at fighting off infection.
Oestrogen seems to counter an enzyme which blocks the inflammatory process.
The McGill University study appears in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The researchers focused on an enzyme called Caspase-12, which is known to put a brake on the inflammatory process, the body's first line of defence against harmful invaders such as bacteria and viruses.
They worked on mice that lacked the Caspase-12 gene, and were thus extremely resistant to infection.
The human Caspase-12 gene was implanted into a group of male and female mice, but only the males became more prone to infection.
Full story here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8047321.stm
The female of the species are better at budgeting and keeping track of their spending and are also less likely to build up debt on a credit card or through a loan, it emerged.
Fewer women than men also turn a blind eye to their finances and ignore mounting debts, pay bills late or forget to pay them altogether.
And they also make more of an attempt to chip away at debts while men prefer to make minimum payments.
Maybe these superior budgeting skills somehow explain how they can usually afford a new pair of shoes.
They were also more likely to take out a loan, with six out of ten applying for one compared to just five out of ten women.
A spokesman for lovemoney.com, which carried out the study of 3,000 people, said: "For years, women have been thought of as the big spenders, splashing their cash on clothes and shoes.
"But it seems men are gaining their own reputation when it comes to managing their finances while women are learning how to handle their money.
"As more gadgets become available, guys are spending their hard-earned cash to keep up with their mates in the technology stakes, but it seems many are relying on credit to cover the costs."