Emotionally supportive relationships linked to lower testosterone in men

first_imgLinkedIn Science and folklore alike have long suggested that high levels of testosterone can facilitate the sorts of attitudes and behavior that make for, well, a less than ideal male parent.It has long been known that among humans (and some other species as well), males who cooperate amicably with their female mates in raising and nurturing offspring often have lower testosterone levels than their more aggressive and occasionally grumpy counterparts. But two University of Notre Dame anthropologists are looking beyond the nuclear family for such effects.Not only spouses, but also other relatives, good friends, colleagues, neighbors and fellow church members can play a role, suggest Lee T. Gettler, assistant professor of anthropology and director of the Notre Dame’s Hormones, Health, and Human Behavior Laboratory, and Rahul C. Oka, Ford Family Assistant Professor of Anthropology, in an article forthcoming in the journal Hormones and Behavior. Email Share on Twitter The new study focuses on a large, representative sample of aging U.S. men and the ways their testosterone varies when they have emotionally supportive relationships.“Compared to other U.S. men, fathers and married men often have lower testosterone,” Gettler said. “We think this helps them be more nurturing. We are the first to show that this also occurs with other social relationships. Our results show that when older men have emotionally supportive relationships with their siblings, friends, neighbors and coworkers, they also have lower testosterone.”According to Gettler, “We know that men and women with social support have much better health, overall, while testosterone affects risks for depression, cardiovascular disease, obesity and some cancers. We hope our findings, connecting these two areas, help stimulate new conversations about social support, biology and well-being.“Most of us have probably seen the TV commercials promoting testosterone as a remedy for symptoms of aging or ‘manopause.’ Our findings suggest that the social side effects of these testosterone supplements in older men should be carefully studied. While testosterone does go down with age, the potential social benefits that can accompany lower testosterone suggest it is not all doom and gloom.”center_img Share Pinterest Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Developer’s view: Sir Stuart Lipton

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Guyana Foreign Minister issues call for support to small states affected by…

first_img You may be interested in… She urged the Region’s governments to assist either through funding or by providing the necessary human resource to aid the affected states. Meantime, here in Guyana, the Foreign Affairs Minister stated that deliberate efforts are being made to move towards renewable energy. “We have been putting things in place to deal with that, to mitigate climate change,” she assured. To date, the Government of Guyana has been aggressively pursuing its Green State Development Strategy (GSDS). This is aimed at building greater economic resilience by diversifying production and reducing dependency on fossil fuels, while actively trying to generate sources of renewable energy from sources such as hydro, solar, wind and biomass. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Sep 10, 2020 Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Karen Cummings, has issued a call for support to smaller states which have been affected by natural disasters and are finding difficulty in dealing with climate change related matters. Minister Cummings spoke with the Department of Public Information (DPI) following (the) Sixth Meeting of CARICOM and Cuban Foreign Ministers, hosted by the Guyana Government in Georgetown. “There are certain islands like Dominica for example, where matters (climate) are affecting them, and these are not man made really, so we need to support them,” Minister Cummings stated. Oct 7, 2020center_img Sep 29, 2020 ‘Step In our Shoes’ – Dr. Carla Barnett Oct 2, 2020 CARICOM Energy Ministers Meet Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Standard Motor Products Announces New President

first_imgNEW YORK – Standard Motor Products’ board of directors has appointed Eric Sills as president of the company. Sills, 46, is currently vice president global operations. Sills will now join the office of the chief executive, where he will serve together with Lawrence Sills, chairman and CEO; John Gethin, COO; and James Burke, vice president finance and CFO.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementWilliam Turner, Standard Motor Products’ presiding independent director, said, “We are very pleased to announce this appointment. Eric joined the company in 1991, and has taken on leadership roles of increasing responsibility. He is currently responsible for all manufacturing, distribution, engineering and supply chain management both in the U.S. and worldwide. Under Eric’s leadership, the company has increased manufacturing capacity, expanded production in low-cost areas, enhanced its global supply chain and successfully integrated eight acquisitions in the past three years. All these have played a major role in increasing the company’s profitability. In addition, during his 24 years with the company, Eric has acquired extensive knowledge of the customers and the industry.“In his new position, he will continue to be responsible for his current activities while becoming increasingly involved in sales, marketing and finance. Our board believes that Eric’s experience, expertise and proven leadership will make him an ideal candidate to help lead the company into the future.”Sills earned an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from Bowdoin College. He is the son of Lawrence Sills, Standard’s chairman and CEO.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

Kisner And Bock Rock In Austin

first_imgI know it’s hard to believe, but in just one week we’ll be talking about how the azaleas are blooming, how Rory McIlroy can add the Career Grand Slam to his resumé, and the possibility of Tiger winning his 15th major victory. We’ll be talking about the incredible breathtaking beauty of Augusta National and we’ll be listening to the roars from the patrons as they cascade through the Georgia pines.Iced tea is the leading beverage consumed during Masters week, so it makes perfect sense to read the tea leaves from last week’s WGC–Dell Match Play Championship to identify who is most likely to add that elusive Green Jacket to their wardrobe.Let’s begin with the number one player in the world, Dustin Johnson. D.J. left Austin Country Club after losing two of his first three matches, not The Masters confidence boost he was seeking. Then, in my opinion, the two names most talked about, Rory Mcllroy and Tiger Woods, both took a step backward.After beating Rory in the sweet-16 round, Tiger scored some “major” points with me, and his chances for his 15th Major win were looking good, until he came up short on a clutch four-foot putt against the very talented but little known 27-year-old from Denmark who plays mostly on the European Tour, Lucas Bjerregaard. So, in my book, both Rory and Tiger left Austin with a minus on the confidence meter.Local Austin favorite and former University of Texas standout, Jordan Spieth, who has dominated at The Masters with a win, two runner ups, and a third place, is struggling with his game, and just appears to be lost right now. It’s imperative to have a hot putter on the tricky greens at Augusta and one of Spieth’s strengths has always been his ability to make 20 to 25-foot putts, but right now, a five-footer has Jordan shaking in his boots.At the end of 2018, his world ranking was #17 and as of today, it’s #32. Whether he admits it or not, he’s trending in the wrong direction. However, I’m looking for The Masters to turn his game around. I’m hoping that my tea leaf reading skills are lacking, otherwise it doesn’t look too good for some of the biggest names in the game to prevail down Magnolia Lane.Meanwhile, a big congratulations to the winner of the World Golf Championships Dell Match Play, Kevin Kisner, who has strong ties to the East End. His trusty caddie is East Hampton’s Duane Bock. It was quite a week for Duane, both high and low. The high obviously came from the win, but the low came from the passing of a good friend from ALS shortly before the start of the Match Play. Duane paid tribute to his good friend by having his initials on his hat all week.Kevin refers to himself as a grinder. “Grinder” in the dictionary is described as an athlete who succeeds through hard work rather than exceptional ability, however, to beat 63 of the world’s top golfers takes exceptional ability, and it was certainly on display in Austin. This victory for Kisner was number three on PGA Tour and by far the biggest of his career. One thing that makes this victory so amazing is that Kevin finished second a year ago in the same event on the same course, Austin Country Club, and he was determined to finish one better this year, and he did.When Kevin graduated from Georgia, his goal was to play on the PGA Tour. His Dad gave him $16,000 to chase his dream and to get his career started on the mini-tours, and he is very proud of the fact that he never had to ask for more. He made money in his first two events and won his third tournament. He certainly had his ups and downs since then, graduating to the Web.com Tour and then the PGA Tour, and now he is a World Golf Champion.The $16,000 investment proved to be a good one. Winning the Dell Match Play, Kevin earned a whopping $1,745,000 and I’m pretty sure Duane will enjoy the traditional 10-percent payday.The next mountain left to climb for Kevin is a major championship. Kisner said he felt comfortable at Austin Country Club and I’m sure he will feel just as comfortable at Augusta, just a 45-minute drive from his home in Aiken. By the way, I’m on a pretty good roll predicting winners so far this year. Before The Players started, I predicted Rory would come out on top, and he did. On Friday of Match Play week, I predicted Kevin Kisner would come out on top, and he did. Now the question is . . . who do I pick for The Masters? You’ll find that out next week.bobthevoiceofgolf@gmail.com Sharelast_img read more

Air Products sees signs of improvement

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Gasification technology will evolve to meet demand

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CO2 maximises crops in Kochi

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Exclusive interview with FCH JU

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News focus: counsel for Europe

first_imgProposals for an EU-wide approach to collective redress exposed deep divisions among delegates gathered in Luxembourg for last week’s plenary session of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE). Collective redress, sometimes called group litigation or class action, was the subject of one of a series of debates on issues as diverse as the EU’s accession to the European Convention on Human Rights, EU contract law, defendants’ rights, electronic signatures and the Single Market Act. The debate on an EU-wide system for collective redress saw delegations from most of the CCBE’s 31 member countries agree that ‘language barriers and distances’ would make such a system impossible to implement effectively. They called instead for ‘efficient enforcement’ of consumer laws allied to minimal changes to national procedures. UK delegation leader Ruthven Gemmell said: ‘The time is not right for a one-size-fits-all pan-European collective procedure. We need to build on a process.’ In contrast, the French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Luxembourg delegations came out in favour of the EU setting up a collective redress ‘mechanism’, provided it respected ‘certain prerequisites and principles in order to fit into the European legal culture’. Both sides acknowledged the importance of access to justice, but noted that consumer organisations were likely to support an EU-wide compensation scheme, whereas businesses would fear ‘abusive litigation’. Both sides also agreed that lawyers should be involved in all collective redress actions. An earlier roundtable event considered the EU’s forthcoming accession to the European Convention on Human Rights, whereby the EU is to grant power to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to review the compatibility of its actions under the terms of the convention. Join our LinkedIn Human Rights sub-group Previously, only member states were subject to such scrutiny by the European court. Keynote speakers also discussed what impact accession might have on the relationship between Strasbourg’s ECtHR and Luxembourg’s Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) – formerly the European Court of Justice. Christiaan Timmermans, a CJEU judge until June 2010, said accession was necessary to integrate the EU into the 47- member-state, pan-European system of human rights protection afforded by the Council of Europe through the ECtHR. He added that it would ‘put an end to the present, anomalous situation where someone who considers his human rights infringed by an EU act must address his complaint before the Strasbourg court against a member state – or even all member states – because he cannot directly address the EU’. The convention has been a ‘source of inspiration’ for the Luxembourg court since the early 1970s, Timmermans added. Jean-Marc Sauve, vice-president of the French Conseil d’Etat, France’s highest court for cases involving public administration, said that ‘difficulties can and do arise between the two courts’, but that ‘calm examination in the light of settled case law’ should resolve any conflict. ‘No complicated mechanism will be needed to replace intelligent cooperation between judges in the two courts,’ said Sauve. Estonian ECtHR judge Julia Laffranque noted that nine years passed between her country’s application for accession to the EU and its actual accession. She said: ‘Now it’s my opportunity to anticipate how long the EU itself takes to accede to the convention. ‘The process should be as fast and simple as possible.’ Delegates then moved to the CJEU, where its president, Vassilios Skouris, started the plenary session by welcoming the CCBE to the court. It was a time of change, he said, with the court set to streamline the way it dealt with complex and time-consuming competition cases. It will also recruit more judges to help reduce its backlog of cases, he added. CCBE secretary general Jonathan Goldsmith updated delegates on a CCBE project, funded by the European Commission (EC), to prepare factsheets on the rights of defendants in criminal proceedings in all 27 member states of the EU. Goldsmith said that these have now been completed in ‘plain, unambiguous language that can easily be understood by the layperson’ and will be available ‘in the near future’ on the EU’s e-Justice portal. They cover: obtaining legal advice; a defendant’s rights before, during and after trial; and road traffic offences.Goldsmith also gave a status report on the CCBE’s Find-A-Lawyer (FAL) project, which aims to create an online tool for lawyers and consumers to search for and find suitable legal representation in every member state of the EU. Goldsmith said that the EC is to build the FAL search engine on the e-Justice portal by the middle of next year, and urged non-participating bars and law societies to join the project straight away. Friday’s session concluded with a guided tour of the CJEU, with delegates visiting courtrooms, the judges’ deliberation chamber (where the 27 judges, one from each member state, hold weekly meetings) and common areas housing some of the court’s art collection. On Saturday, European commissioner for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship Viviane Reding told the plenary session that she will launch new legislation in July to facilitate cross-border debt recovery through better enforcement. She said: ‘It will be a new self-standing European procedure available to citizens and companies in addition to existing national procedures.’ She added that her programme for 2011 would also include initiatives on family and criminal law, the European Arrest Warrant and victims of crime.last_img read more