Navigation Links
Men, Women Respond to Stress Differently
Date:1/12/2010

Finding calls for gender-specific treatments for some diseases, researchers say

TUESDAY, Jan. 12 (HealthDay News) -- The brains of men and women handle stress differently and that alters the way their bodies experience chronic diseases such as depression, cardiovascular disease and autoimmune disorders, U.S. researchers report.

The scientists used functional MRI to monitor the brain activity of healthy men and women viewing stress-triggering images. The women underwent brain scans twice, once at the start of their menstrual cycle and once during ovulation.

At the start of their menstrual cycle, the women's brain activity in response to stress was similar to men. But the men's response to stress was much higher when compared to women during ovulation.

"We found that women have been endowed with a natural hormone capacity to regulate the stress response in the brain that differs from men," study author Jill Goldstein, director of research at the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said in a news release from the hospital.

The most significant differences were detected in brain regions that control the autonomic arousal response. The findings suggest that gender differences in stress response circuitry are hormonally regulated through the control of arousal.

"The results were striking given that men and women reported experiencing the stressful stimuli similarly even though their brains were activating differently," Goldstein said.

She noted that diseases affected by stress often present differently in women and men.

"Therefore, understanding sex differences in stress regulation in the brain can provide clues to understanding the nature of these chronic medical disorders. Mapping out sex-specific physiology in the brain will also provide the basis for the development of sex-specific treatments for these diseases," Goldstein said.

The study appears online Jan. 13 in the Journal of Neuroscience.

More information

The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion offers stress management tips.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Brigham & Women's Hospital, news release, Jan. 12, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Antioxidants show no clear benefit against cardiovascular events, death in high-risk women
2. Work-Family Conflict Dogs Air Force Women After Deployment
3. Work-Family Conflict Dogs Air Force Women After Deployment
4. Antioxidant Supplements May Raise Womens Skin Cancer Risk
5. Early Weight Loss in Women Linked to Dementia
6. For Health Info, Women Often Turn to the Web
7. Smoking increases risks for head and neck cancers for men and women
8. New Study Reports High Injury Rates for Hotel Workers, Even Higher Rates for Women and Nonwhites
9. Passive smoking increases sleep disturbance among pregnant women
10. Trial to Test Gene Therapy for Angina in Women
11. Exercise and yoga improves quality of life in women with early-stage breast cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/23/2017)... Dc (PRWEB) , ... January 23, 2017 , ... ... American University is taught by healthcare management and evaluation leaders with decades of ... fee-for-service to pay-for-value in the United States healthcare system, there is a renewed ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... Moisture measurement is a necessary process ... paramount to success. Selecting an inappropriate measurement method can cause costly errors, and ... same equipment. Rare or expensive substances are wasted and production may even be ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... ... gynecological care and gynecological services for women of all ages. The ... a wide variety of reproductive services from routine health screenings to diagnosing and ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... “Some Infallible Characteristics of Christ”: a fascinating ... of Christ” is the creation of published author, Rev. Dr. Robert W. Thomas, the ... years, a preacher for over nineteen, a pastor for over fifteen years. He is ...
(Date:1/22/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Medical lab testing through hospitals and other traditional ... test will take days to arrive to the end customer, having to travel through ... their lab tests, bypassing the cost and delay of traditional means. Now all employees ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/23/2017)... Alberta , January 23, 2017 ... del riñón (r enal) y ... sola dosis de a pabetalone    ... hoy los resultados preliminares de un ensayo en fase ... con discapacidad de riñón (renal) severa. Los datos demostraron ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... , January 23, 2017 Stock-Callers.com today ... Inc. (NASDAQ: CPRX ), Sophiris Bio Inc. (NASDAQ: ... MNTA ), and Agile Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: AGRX ... turned somewhat lower in late trade on Friday, January 20 ... about 0.3%, while shares of health care companies in the ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... Longer life expectancy and rising healthcare expenditure in developing countries are factors ... BCC Research reveals in its new report that markets in developing ... strong growth due to rising government healthcare spending, increased levels of healthcare ... Reading ... BCC ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: