It’s All in Your Mind. Well, at Least Some of It

Those of us who work in the health field have long been aware of the connection between mind and body and that your mental health can have a big influence on your physical heath. But there’s been very little research has explored the degree to which mental health issues affect men and women differently. A […]

More Deadly Differences: Who’s the Weaker Sex?

When we talk about male-female disparities in lifespan, we’re generally referring to the diseases and conditions that kill adult men and women: cancers, heart attacks, diabetes, and so on. If the discussion health disparities between male and female children and adolescents, the focus is usually on accidents and suicide—both of which end the lives of […]

Pissed Off, Part 2

From the Daily Caller.
Separate and unequal: Swedish Left Party says men should urinate sitting down Sweden is taking equal rights to a whole new level. The local Left Party on the Sormland County Council has advanced a motion that says men on the council should sit, rather than the more common standing, while urinating […]

It Takes Balls to Be a Dad (Actually, Smaller Ones)

Father with smaller testicles are generally more involved than their bigger-balled brother in caring for their children and respond more when looking at pictures of those children. At least that’s what researchers at Emory University in Atlanta discovered.

The research project with the brainchild of James Rolling, an anthropologist who was trying to figure out what makes some dads more involved than others. So he and his team did MRIs of the brain and balls of 70 men, all of whom had children 1-2 years old. They compared their results with surveys—filled out by the dads and the moms—about the dad’s level of involvement. And they also measured the men’s testosterone levels, finding that dads who provided more childcare tended to have lower levels.

Testicle size and sperm count are closely linked: the bigger the balls, the more sperm there is. So this team of anthropologist speculated that having more sperm would make a man want to spread it around as far and wide as he could. That would leave less time for—and interest in—child care.

The connection between the round parts of a man’s package and his level of involvement with his kids is pretty well-known—at least among other primates. Research has found that male chimps, which don’t do much to care for their offspring, have testes that are twice as large as a human male’s. But gorillas, which are very protective of their babies, have smaller balls.

Pissed Off, Part 1

Great article from NBC News
Having trouble with your aim? Chinese contraption helps you Pee Straight
By Ed Flanagan, Producer
NBC News BEIJING – An entrepreneur in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has unveiled a contraption designed to help those who miss the mark at a urinal: the ‘Pee Straight.’ The invention came in […]

Could Coffee Reduce Suicide Risk?

A recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that drinking 2-4 cups of coffee per day may cut suicide risk for women and men in half. Apparently, coffee somehow causes the brain to produce larger quantities of the neurotransmitters dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin—the same chemicals that are affected by many popular antidepressants, […]