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

Pajares base tunnel started

first_imgSPANISH Development Minister Francisco Álvarez-Cascos joined First Deputy Prime Minister Rodrigo Rato on February 11 to mark the start of work on the 25 km base tunnel under the Pajares pass on Renfe’s León – Oviedo route. Last year GIF awarded four separate tunnelling contracts worth a total of €1·38bn (RG 7.03 p421), expected to take 60 months to complete using a total of five TBMs.The government has authorised bids to be invited for a further three civil works contracts within a total budget of €478·7m. These will cover the 9·4 km between La Robla and the southern portal of the base tunnel at Pola de Gordón (budgeted at €118·7m), the 6 km between the northern portal and Sotiello (k174m) and the 9·3 km between Sotiello and Pola de Lena (k186m).Specifications are being drawn up for three contracts covering tracklaying, electrification and the installation of signalling and telecommunications over the 49·7 km between La Robla and Pola de Lena. Budgeted at €62m, €22m and €18m respectively, they bring the total project cost to €1·96bn.last_img read more

Black Eyed Peas team up with Ozuna and J.Rey Soul for new single Mamacita

first_imgBlack Eyed Peas have teamed up with Ozuna and J.Rey Soul for new single Mamacita.The track is the follow-up to their huge hit Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life) featuring J. Balvin. Watch the video for the song below:The music video directed by Julien Christian Lutz aka Director X. In the clip, Black Eyed Peas and Ozuna are exclusively wearing all Gucci. Outfitted by the legendary brand and dripping in style, it’s yet another massive collaboration.Mamacita marks the Black Eyed Peas’ second single at their new label. It’s the latest collaboration for the band with J.Rey Soul who appeared on 2018’s Masters of the Sun Vol.1 and was featured guest vocalist appearances during the Black Eyed Peas 2019 European, Latin America and Pacific tour legs.Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life) featuring J. Balvin had had more than 1 billion total streams in less than six months. It’s the group’s most-listened to song on a streaming platform.last_img read more

Celtics’ Jayson Tatum defends 2018 training session with Kobe Bryant: ‘He didn’t teach me anything bad’

first_img“I’m still going to shoot the midrange,” Tatum said (via The Boston Globe). “I’ve seen all the people talking about the de-Kobeing. Kobe didn’t teach me anything bad. Everything we talked about and he showed me was great.” Nets’ Kyrie Irving (face) won’t play in second preseason game vs. Lakers Celtics’ Enes Kanter on his criticism of Turkey: ‘How can I stay silent?’ One criticism Tatum faced last season was his decision to regularly pass up open 3-pointers in favor of contested midrange jumpers. Some even pointed to training sessions the 20-year-old had with former Lakers star Kobe Bryant prior to the season as the source of his regression.Following the Celtics’ 100-75 win over the Magic in the preseason on Friday, Tatum was asked about his midrange game. He even defended the training sessions with Bryant, though he wasn’t asked about them. Related News Zion Williamson wows with 26 points in Pelicans home debut After a stellar rookie campaign, some believe Celtics’ Jayson Tatum saw a bit of a regression in his game last season.Many expected the former Duke standout to take the step and elevate his play even further. While he did improve marginally last season, it wasn’t near the level Celtics fans were hoping for. He also addressed his underwhelming performance last season, saying it wasn’t Bryant’s fault he regressed.“Last year, with the jump I didn’t make that everybody expected, it was not (Bryant’s) fault,” Tatum said. “He’s one of the greatest ever, so everything he taught me was — I’m very grateful, and it helped me. I’ve got to take responsibility for how I played last year not being as big of a jump that people thought … But Kobe didn’t teach me bad habits. I didn’t say that.”Tatum scored 15 points on 6 of 15 shooting in the Celtics’ win over the Magic on Friday. Last season, the St. Louis native averaged 15.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for Boston.last_img read more