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

Head of fungal meningitis outbreak pharmacy sentenced to 9 years in prison

first_imgA US district court judge yesterday sentenced Barry Cadden, owner and head pharmacist of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy implicated in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated corticosteroid shots, to 9 years in prison.The sentencing followed Cadden’s Mar 22 conviction by a federal jury of racketeering and mail fraud charges, while acquitting him of all 25 counts of second-degree murder.The 2012 outbreak sickened 753 people, 64 of them fatally, and prompted extensive federal inspections and stricter oversight of compounding pharmacies. The outbreak was the largest public health crisis ever tied to a pharmaceutical product.Judge hands down less than maximum sentenceIn a statement yesterday, the US Attorney’s Office for the Massachusetts district said Cadden, age 50, was sentenced by Judge Richard Stearns to 108 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release, plus forfeiture and restitution to be determined later. According to an earlier report, he could have faced a maximum of 20 years in prison on each of the mail fraud and racketeering counts.Patients and family members of people affected by the outbreak appeared in court yesterday and asked the judge to give Cadden a severe sentence, and were disappointed by the judge’s ruling, the Boston Herald reported.The attorney’s office said Cadden authorized and directed the shipment of contaminated methylprednisolone acetate injections to nationwide customers of New England Compounding Center, sometimes before tests to confirm sterility were completed. He never notified customers when the products had nonsterile results or ingredients were expired. Some batches were made by an uncertified pharmacy technician, and Cadden repeatedly took steps to evade US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight.Outbreak fallout led to tighter oversightFDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said in the attorney’s office statement that protecting Americans from unsafe and contaminated drugs is the core of the FDA’s mission.”Since this tragedy, Congress has given the FDA important new authorities, and the agency has implemented key policies, all to provide a greater assurance of safety over compounded medicines. As part of these efforts, we will continue to hold accountable those who violate the law and put patients at risk,” he said.In a separate statement yesterday, the FDA said since the outbreak and enactment of the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) in late 2013 it has devoted extensive resources to compounding oversight and implementing the new law’s provisions.As of Jun 1, the FDA said it has conducted more than 400 inspections, including 109 at outsourcing facilities, and has issued more than 150 warning letters advising compounders of significant violations. Also, the FDA has sent more than 50 letters detailing inspection findings to state regulators and has overseen 125 recalls involving compounded drugs.Also, in implementing the DQSA the FDA has issued 21 draft guidance documents, 10 final guidance documents, three proposed rules, one final rule, and a draft memorandum of understanding.See also:Jun 26 US Attorney’s Office statementJun 26 Boston Herald storyJun 26 FDA statementMar 23 CIDRAP News scan “Executive convicted in fungal meningitis outbreak trial”last_img read more

DOWASCO reports full water restoration post TS Erika

first_img Share LocalNews DOWASCO reports full water restoration post TS Erika by: Dominica Vibes News – January 6, 2016 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img General Manager of DOWASCO, Bernard Ettinoffe (file photo)Access to potable water has been restored to every village following destruction caused to Dominica’s water supply during the passage of Tropical Strom Erika, General Manager of the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company Limited (DOWASCO), Bernard Ettinoffe has said.The impact of Tropical Storm Erika on the island’s water and sewerage system was estimated at fifty million Eastern Caribbean dollars (EC$50M) as 100% of DOWASCO water systems were adversely impacted.Prior to the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, DOWASCO provided water to ninety-eight percent (98%) of the population and the completion of the Belles/Sylvania/Layou Park Water Project would have brought this to about 99% water coverage throughout the island.In an interview with the Government Information Service recently, Ettinoffe explained that the Belles/Sylvania/Layou Park Water Project should have been commissioned in October 2015 but because of the storm “we had a major setback not just for Belles/Sylvania/Layou Park Water Project but throughout Dominica. All 44 water systems were tremendously affected”.Ettinoffe said he is pleased to report that almost all of those systems are now up and running and every community is again being served with potable water from DOWASCO.He added that some of the systems were replaced temporarily in order to ensure that all persons have access to clean water.Due to the fact that some of the systems are temporary DOWASCO is having issues with providing constant water supply in some communities.“We have been trying to provide water to as far as Grand Savanne, Salisbury from the Picard, Portsmouth intake. That has been going fairly ok with the exception that to fill the Salisbury tank, we have to shut off some valves in the Portsmouth area so that we can divert more water on the west coast so that everybody can receive water at some time,” he explained.Ettinoffe, who acknowledged that the temporary systems are not the best thing as customers complain from time to time, said the company tries to inform the public beforehand of the schedule interruptions by way of radio announcements.“Temporary restoration cost DOWASCO in excess of $5m and the more permanent work will cost in the region of $38m. We will be working with government and the financial institutions to see how we can bring those systems up to speed in the shortest time,” he indicated.Ettinoffe explained that because DOWASCO recognizes that the systems are very vulnerable, even to minor weather conditions, the company will do all that it can with government’s cooperation to ensure that the systems are brought to a standard that can serve the people of Dominica.He said Giraudel, one of the communities seriously affected by Tropical Storm Erika, was the last community where water supply was restored in December.“It’s a pumping system and we had to replace pipes and source the armoured cable to power the pumps down by the river. We got those just before Christmas and with the assistance of DOMLEC and the contractor, we were able to restore water to the Giraudel community,” Ettinoffe noted.The next step for DOWASCO, he said, is to source money to make the systems more permanent. 206 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Man United star not ‘psychologically unscathed’ after transfer denied – Hasn’t…

first_imgPaul Pogba last appeared for Manchester United during their 1-1 draw against Arsenal in September and an injury has forced him to spend time away from the pitch. However, it has hasn’t stopped him from being linked with a move away from Old Trafford. L’Equipe’s front page talks about a possible departure, and within the report they provide an update on his injury and also talk about his future.Earlier reports suggested the midfielder could be fit on time for the derby against Manchester City, but the newspaper now claims the France international will return within two weeks.He is expected to be back for the EFL Cup clash against Colchester United on December 18th or four days later for the league clash against Watford.Moving on to the Red Devils star’s future, Marca reported on Wednesday that Zinedine Zidane still ‘loves’ his compatriot and is insisting Real Madrid to sign the player either in January or next summer after their failed efforts in the last window.L’Equipe reports a move away in the winter market is excluded from United’s point of view. Pogba wouldn’t mind an exit, but he will not push for a transfer, if he is not allowed to leave next month.His contract at United expires in 2021 and is unlikely to sign a new contract before the end of this season.The report adds the 26-year-old will have an advantage to push for an exit next summer and his employer will also not be able to demand €150m to sanction the transfer because he will have only six months left on his contract from January 2021.L’Equipe have not taken into account that United have an option to extend the contract by a year and if they exercise it, they can retain Pogba until 2022.After last summer’s saga, Pogba wasn’t left ‘psychologically unscathed’, and L’Equipe believe it harmed the player’s performances.There was also a lot of criticism sent his way, and the French newspaper state: ‘He was the target of racist insults of so-called supporters of the Mancunians. Nothing, absolutely nothing he experienced at the beginning of the season was likely to appease his summer regrets.’by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoDating.comFind out where single guys are hanging out in Tung ChungDating.comUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 50? You Need Those Adjustable Focus Reading Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndolast_img read more

Report: “black-ish” to Spin Off Yara Shahidi’s Zoey to College

first_imgABC/Bob D’Amico(LOS ANGELES) — Yara Shahidi, the beautiful actress who plays Zoey, the eldest daughter of Anthony Anderson’s and Tracey Ellis-Ross’ characters on black-ish, could be getting her own spin-off.According to Deadline, the ABC sitcom’s creator, Kenya Barris, and its showrunner, Larry Wilmore, are working on a comedy that would focus on Zoey’s life as she heads off to college. The publication reports the concept will be introduced as a “backdoor pilot episode” — meaning it would be a regular episode of the show — to air in the spring.If the show become a reality, it would be the first series to be spun off from the acclaimed ABC comedy, which has earned a Golden Globe for Ellis-Ross, and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more