Boys will be…everyone?

It took twelve years for Michelle to receive a diagnosis. “I was about fourteen when I first started having symptoms,”  she tells me. “I was too ashamed to go to a doctor for it.” She kept her urgent, painful, frequent, sometimes bloody bowel movements a secret for two years, until one night, it hurt too … Continue reading Boys will be…everyone?

From lions to orcas, females outlive males

Whether you’re a female human, orca, lion or elephant seal, you have a fairly good chance of outliving many of your male counterparts, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The fact that this phenomenon – well-known in humans – occurs in other mammals has long been suspected, but not … Continue reading From lions to orcas, females outlive males

Scientists don’t really get the female brain

Science tells us that female and male brains are different yet biomedical research is largely conducted on males, as if they’re a neutral stand-in for the human population as a whole. The problem is, female brains can have starkly different neuroimmune responses from males. And our lack of basic understanding is having a very real … Continue reading Scientists don’t really get the female brain