ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week.
This week, HuffPosters wrote about two very different groups facing gender bias in the workplace: female politicians and lab rats.
Research shows female politicians face an uphill battle to get elected. They have to be more qualified than their male candidates to win votes, and even then, many people can't picture women in leadership roles. On the science side, we learned that female animals are excluded from research for a distressing reason: researchers wrongly think female rats' estrous cycles are too complicated to study, so they just don't bother.
Setting gender-bias updates aside for a moment, we also read with interest about exciting innovations on the horizon, including an apple that never browns and the promise of uterine transplants for some infertile women.
Read on and tell us in the comments: What did you read and love this week?
Neal Carter thinks his invention -- an apple that doesn't bruise or start to brown until it molds or rots -- will change the world.
'An apple’s not convenient enough,' Carter, 58, with reddish hair graying at the temples, told me. 'That’s the truth. The whole apple is too much of a commitment in today’s world.'
The founder of Bulletproof Coffee thinks he's found the diet to end all diets.
I don’t want to do more work than is necessary to do great things. I don’t see why anyone should do more work than is necessary to do great things.
Not only are women underrepresented in human clinical trials, but female animals are excluded from animals trials, which leads to second-class health care for women.
'If you go to publish a study just on females, you always get asked, 'Why didn’t you include males?' she said. 'If you go to publish a study on males, most people wouldn’t bat an eye.'
For women who lack a healthy uterus, a uterine transplant could one day help them become pregnant and give birth.
'I crave that experience,' she said. 'I want the morning sickness, the backaches, the feet swelling. I want to feel the baby move. That is something I’ve wanted for as long as I can remember.'
In a recent study, people who struggled to make an association between females and leadership-themed words were more likely to vote for male candidates -- even if the candidates were equally qualified.
Even if voters explicitly say that they are happy to have a female president, the research shows that their unconscious biases still can influence their candidate preferences.
Changes in our emotions help us adapt to changes in our environment.
When a stock trader experiences an unexpected financial gain, it would undoubtedly improve her mood. This positive mood, in turn, would likely inspire her to take more risks, thereby adapting to a market environment that's on the rise.
The Food and Drug Administration is getting closer to regulating electronic cigarettes, and the regulatory barriers are expected to be high.
The major crux of the debate is the fact that, because vaping has only been around for a short time, we don’t know the long-term effects.
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