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

Honda DCT for superbikes hinted

first_imgTakahashi has however pointed out that Honda is working to combat these size and weight issues for use in superbikes and sports performance models. He further added that if Honda raced two bikes of identical weight against each other, with one using a traditional gearbox and the other using DCT, the DCT-equipped bike would be quicker thanks to the DCT’s benefits of seamless shifts and reduced loss of drive during shifts.Will the Honda RC213V MotoGP bike get a DCT in the future?Takahashi did not disclose exactly haw far in he and his team have progressed here with sources, but he did highlight that even if the Honda DCT is applied in the Honda RC213V MotoGP bike, it would be faster than one equipped with a regular transmission. Should Honda successfully develop its DCT for superbike, we could likely see it offered as an option in the next generation Honda CBR1000RR, which is due for replacement soon.Sources: Visordown / AutoEvolution–Ads– Honda NC700X DCT Honda DCT for superbikes reportedly under development. 2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twincenter_img Honda NM4 Vultus Rumour has it that a new Honda DCT (dual-clutch transmission) gearbox specificially for superbikes is currently under development. Honda DCT engineer Kosaku Takahashi was quoted by British site Visordown recently as he states that the firm is presently working on adapting its DCT technology for superbikes.Honda is the first motorcycle manufacturer to have successfully applied the DCT gearbox into its production bikes starting with the Honda VFR1200F. The DCT transmission was first offered as an option in the sport-touring model.Honda VRF1200FBesides the VFR1200F, the Honda DCT gearbox is also primed in several other models including the NM4 Vultus, the NC700X dual-sport, as well as the new and flagship CRF1000L Africa Twin adventure bike.The main challenges in priming the Honda DCT into superbikes lie in the transmission type’s heavy weight and large size resulting from the presence of two clutches. Unlike a conventional motorcycle transmission, the Honda DCT is in fact wider and heavier with current version of the transmission adding a further 10kg in the total weight of the models offering it.last_img read more

Rutgers beats in-state rival Seton Hall 79-66 in first round

first_imgSTORRS, Conn. (AP) — Rutgers won the battle of New Jersey and more importantly its first NCAA Tournament game in four years.Kahleah Copper and Tyler Scaife each scored 21 points and the eighth-seeded Scarlet Knights used a season high seven 3-pointers to beat in-state rival Seton Hall 79-66 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.Betnijah Laney added 17 for Rutgers (23-9), which had not been to the NCAAs since 2012 and had not won a tournament game since 2011.“The last time we were in the NCAAs, we didn’t make the second round,” said Laney. “We lost our first game. So this might be another step for us.”Tabatha Richardson-Smith had 18 points and Tiffany Jones added 17 for ninth-seeded Seton Hall (28-6), which was making just its third appearance in the tournament and its first in 20 years.Rutgers outscored Seton Hall 23-10 over the game’s final nine minutes after the Pirates had come back from a 12-point second-half deficit to tie the game at 56. Seton Hall hit just one of its last seven shots from the floor and didn’t score in the game’s final 3:23.“We just couldn’t get over the hump,” said Seton Hall coach Anthony Bozzella. “It was frustrating.”The Scarlet Knights have now won 14 of the last 15 meetings between the former Big East rivals from New Jersey.Rutgers led by six at the half, and was up 53-41 after a jumper by Copper with just over 14 minutes remaining.But Seton Hall made one of its several comebacks. A 3-pointer from the left corner by Janee Johnson capped a 15-3 run that tied the game with 9:14 left.A 3-pointer from the top of the key by Laney pushed the lead back to eight points at 71-63 with 3:43 left in the game. It was her fourth 3-pointer of the game. She had made just 10 on 27 attempts coming into the game.“We’re not known as a 3-point shooting team,” Laney said. “Down the stretch if we want to be able to stay in the game going against teams that shoot the 3 we’ve got to be able to knock them down.”Seton Hall’s Ka-Deidre Simmons fouled out a few seconds later. The Pirates leading scorer, averaging more than 17 points this season, finished with just five.A 3-pointer by Richardson-Smith with 3:23 left would be the Pirates’ last points. Rutgers’ defense held the Pirates to just 36 percent shooting for the game, and outrebounded them 55-33Rutgers, which averages 2.2 baskets from 3-point range a game, had five in the first half and Copper (12), Scaife (11) and Laney (10) all were in double digits by halftime.The Pirates had several comebacks during the game. They were down 19-11 before turning up their pressure defense. A layup by Tiffany Jones capped a 12-2 run that gave Seton Hall a 23-21 lead.But Jones said something a few seconds later that cost her a technical foul. That helped Rutgers on a 14-1 run of its own, holding Seton Hall without a basket for more than seven minutes.A layup and free throw by Scaife gave the Scarlet Knights a 42-29 lead before Seton Hall scored the last seven points of the half to trail 42-36.Seton Hall, which had won a total of 27 in the three years prior to Bozzella’s arrival, finishes with a program-record 28 wins this year.The Pirates and Rutgers have played 42 times, with the Scarlet Knights winning 34 of those games. The teams played last year in the WNIT, with Rutgers winning in double overtime on its way to the tournament title.Rutgers will face top-seeded UConn on Monday. The Huskies routed 16-seed St. Francis Brooklyn 89-33.TIP-INS:Seton Hall: The Pirates, making their first tournament appearance since 1995, are now 3-3 in NCAA Tournament games. The loss was the was the second in as many for coach Anthony Bozzella, who brought LIU to Storrs in 2001, losing 101-29 loss to the Huskies in the first round.Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights improved to 23-9 in the NCAA Tournament. … Scaife became the third Rutgers player this season to reach 1,000 points for her career. The sophomore has 1,009. Laney, a senior, and Copper, a junior also reached the milestone this season.THREE SURPRISE: Rutgers ranked 340th out of 343 Division I teams, making just 2.2 shots per game from behind the arc. They finished 7 of 13 in this one.UP NEXT:Rutgers plays top-seed UConn in the second round.Seton Hall’s season is over.last_img read more