U.S. boys reaching puberty earlier than ever: Study

 

Boys are hitting puberty as early as 9 years old.

Research has shown that girls are reaching puberty earlier than they used to, and now the same appears to be true of boys. Boys are entering puberty somewhere between six months and two years earlier than the textbooks think, according to a new study. In the earliest cases, African-American boys reach puberty just after age 9, with whites and Hispanics about a year later.

 

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China’s one-child policy a boon for Chinese girls

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Two girls practice handstands before a diving training session at the centre of China’s State Physical Training Administration.

Mia Wang, a freshman at Tsinghua University has confidence to spare.  Asked what her home city of Benxi in China’s far northeastern tip is famous for, she flashes a cool smile and says: “Producing excellence. Like me.”

 

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Sex-Selective Abortion Becoming More Common and Widespread in India

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A government’s advertisement billboard in support of baby girls in Morena, India.

The practice of aborting female fetuses if they don’t yet have a male child is becoming more common and widespread among couples in India, according to a new study.

 

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Does the Gender Pay Gap Come Down to Boys Being More Competitive?

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Girls shy away from competing even if they know they are going to win.

A new study has found that there is a gender gap between the sexes when it comes to competition with boys much more likely to want to compete with others than girls.  As early as four years of age boys are more competitive than girls and remain so into adulthood, according to new a study. That could explain why men earn more than women.

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Too Much Sugar During Pregnancy Affects Girls But Not Boys

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Sugary diet during pregnancy can harm unborn girls.

Little girls may be said to be made of sugar and spice and all things nice – but they are more affected than boys by their mother’s sweet tooth when they are in the womb.  A study found that too much sugar in pregnancy can harm the nutrients reaching unborn female foetuses.

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It’s Official: Men look at Women’s Breasts First

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David Letterman is famously guilty of looking down before looking up

Women often say that men tend to ogle at their breasts and their face is the last thing they notice, and now a scientific study has found evidence to prove them right.
Scientists have found that almost half – 47 per cent – of men first glance at a woman’s breasts. A third of the “first fixations” are on the waist and hips, while fewer than 20 per cent look at the woman’s face, reports the Daily Mail in UK.
In fact, breasts are not only the first thing men look at, they also glance at them for longer than any other body part, revealed experts. Many believe that the reason behind such male tendency could be evolutionary, as women with larger chests and slim waists – such as Jennifer Hawkins, Lara Bingle and Rachael Finch – have higher levels of the female hormone oestrogen, indicating greater fertility. But the researchers conceded that there could be a more prosaic explanation.
“Men may be looking more often at the breasts because they are simply aesthetically pleasing, regardless of the size,” the Daily Telegraph quoted them as saying.
Subjects tested by researchers from New Zealand’s University of Wellington were presented with six images of the same woman, digitally altered to increase or decrease the size of her bust, waist and hips. The scientists recorded which areas men looked at first, the number of times they looked, and how long their gaze lasted, using cameras and mirrors to measure tiny eye movements.
“Eighty per cent of first fixations were on the breasts and midriff. Men spent consistently more time looking at the breasts and also made significantly more fixations upon them than other regions,” the study concluded.
It also found that men began to gaze at the “components of the hourglass figure” within 0.2 seconds. The research also discovered that few glances were directed at the arms, lower legs and feet.

Women often say that men tend to ogle at their breasts and their face is the last thing they notice, and now a scientific study has found evidence to prove them right. Scientists have found that almost half – 47 per cent – of men first glance at a woman’s breasts. A third of the “first fixations” are on the waist and hips, while fewer than 20 per cent look at the woman’s face, reports the Daily Mail in UK. (Pics)

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Breaking Up is Harder for Men than Women

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Young men find breaking up from a relationship more painful than women

Young men find breaking up from a relationship more painful than women, a new report has found.
It suggests that the anguish caused by love described by artists such as Morrissey is felt genuinely and perhaps explains their continuing appeal to fans.
Contrary to popular belief it is men who suffer more when a relationship ends and are more affected by the highs and lows of romance, according to a study from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
The survey of 1,000 unmarried adults aged 18-23 concluded that despite putting on a brave face men were more emotionally vulnerable than women when it comes to dating.
This may be because women often have close relationships with family and friends in addition to a partner whereas a young man’s romantic partner may be his primary source of intimacy. When a relationship goes wrong it has a greater impact on men’s identity and self-worth, researchers said.
Professor Robin Simon, who co-wrote the study, said: “Our paper sheds light on the association between non-marital romantic relationships and emotional well-being among men and women on the threshold of adulthood.
“Surprisingly, we found young men are more reactive to the quality of ongoing relationships.”
The researchers concluded that young women were more affected by the whether they were in a relationship or not rather than whether it was consistently happy. Rather than talking about it with friends men were more likely to express their feelings through drink or drugs.
Prof Simon said: “Women express emotional distress with depression while men express emotional distress with substance problems.”
The research, published in the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour, was originally gathered for a long-term study of mental health and the transition to adulthood.
Via The Telegraph

Contrary to popular belief it is men who suffer more when a relationship ends and are more affected by the highs and lows of romance, according to a study from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

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Why Girls are Naturally Drawn to Dolls and Boys to Toy Cars

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 Baby girls make a beeline for dolls as soon as they can crawl – and boys will head for the toy cars

Baby girls make a beeline for dolls as soon as they can crawl – and boys will head for the toy cars, a study has shown.  With no prompting, they will choose the stereotypical toys for their gender.

 

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