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Male Biology Students Consistently Underestimate Female Peers, Study Finds

New University of Washington research shows consistent gender bias among male biology undergraduate students, suggesting that they could be undermining the confidence of female students as they embark on studies in STEM disciplines.

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Your Brain May Be What Interests That Guy Checking You Out

Modern men increasingly value brains over beauty when choosing long-term mates.

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Common Gene Variant Influences Girls' Food Choices …. For Better or Worse

If you’re fat, can you blame it on your genes? The answer is a qualified yes. Maybe. Under certain circumstances. Researchers are moving towards a better understanding of some of the roots of obesity.

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In Autism, the Social Benefits of Being a Girl

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Infant girls at risk for autism pay more attention to social cues in faces than infant boys, according to a Yale School of Medicine study — the first one known to prospectively examine sex-related social differences in at-risk infants.

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Does Gender Expression Impact Weight? New Research Ties Masculinity to Higher BMI for Young People

The first long-term research study of its kind ties masculine gender expression, or how much an individual conforms to masculine norms, to higher Body Mass Index (BMI) in youth.

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Spread of Zika Virus Underscores Class and Gender Issues

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Self-Esteem Gender Gap More Pronounced in Western Nations

People worldwide tend to gain self-esteem as they grow older, and men generally have higher levels of self-esteem than women, but this self-esteem gender gap is more pronounced in Western industrialized countries, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

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Competitive Auctions Drive Women to Bid—and Value Winning—More Than Men

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In the heat of competition, women value winning more than men.

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Think Like a Girl Engineering a Business

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A team of female students in the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, are developing kits to teach young girls the fundamentals of engineering.

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“Quirky” Penn Study Shows Women Less Likely to Hold Academic Medical Leadership Roles Than Men with Mustaches

Thirteen percent of department leader positions at top academic medical institutions in the United States are held by women, while nearly 20 percent are held by men with mustaches. The findings of the tongue-in-cheek study, an analysis of more than 1,000 headshots of department leaders at top National Institutes of Health-funded academic medical institutions, provide a new context for examining gender disparities in the field.

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The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Is Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for this round of proposals is January 15, 2016. Candidates will be notified of decisions by the end of February 2016. The Institute pays a competitive rate--and covers expenses--for investigative reporting that advances social and economic justice. All stories are published in In These Times magazine and on InTheseTimes.com.

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Antiquity's Hermaphroditus - a Gender Bender

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The view that androgynous individuals are pathologically deviant has caused scholars to reject the possibility that the mythological figure Hermaphroditus could be perceived as erotically attractive. But the Romans had a different view of sexuality and a new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg shows that Hermaphroditus was an object of in particular men's desire.

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Study Reports Childhood Family Breakups Harder on Girls' Health

A childhood family breakup can have long-term negative consequences for the children. Recent University of Illinois research looks at overall health, depression, and smoking as a health-related behavior and finds that, for girls, all three are worse.

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Johns Hopkins Expert Available to Discuss Different Ways Men and Women Respond to Infectious Diseases

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Male and Female Brains Are Basically the Same

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According to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, brains can't really fit into the categories of "male" or "female" -- their distinguishing features actually vary across a spectrum. Researchers led by University of Tel-Aviv studied brain scans of some 1,400 individuals and could not find a single pattern that distinguishes between a male brain and a female brain.

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Children Born to Women After Bariatric Surgery at Higher Risk of Obesity, Diabetes

Weight-loss surgery can boost fertility in women and reduce the risk of pregnancy complications that commonly occur in obese women. However, a new study in rats suggests that weight-loss surgery alters mothers’ hormone and chemical balance, which harms offspring during gestation and later in life.

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Sex Reassignment Surgery May Be Better for Transgender Women’s Health Than Hormones Only

Transgender women may be at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes compared with men and women in the general population. New research finds that transgender women who received only hormone therapy had poorer metabolic health than transgender women who underwent sex reassignment surgery in addition to receiving hormone therapy, suggesting that sex reassignment surgery may be metabolically protective.

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Is Testosterone Therapy Safe?

The increasing use of testosterone replacement therapy to treat reduced testosterone level in older men has been accompanied by growing concerns over its long-term safety. Two studies examining the health risks of receiving testosterone will be presented at Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolic Diseases: Physiology and Gender conference, supporting opposite conclusions regarding risks.

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Male Hormone Testosterone Cause of Sex Differences in Parkinson’s Disease Risk, Study Suggests

Men are twice as likely as women to develop Parkinson’s disease. New research suggests that testosterone enhances the susceptibility of brain cells that control movement to damage from chemical imbalances, explaining the sex differences in the occurrence of Parkinson’s.