Tests on brain cells in lab dishes showed that while a little of the male hormone is good, too much of it causes cells to self-destruct in a process similar to that seen in brain illnesses such as Alzheimer's.
C'mon, some people might snark, this sounds like possible feminist twaddle, what about the effects of estrogen? Does too much of that hormone lead to the nerve cells clumping together into giggling little groups? Barbarah Ehrlich, who led the research team at Yale, had this to say about other aspects of the research methodology:
"We were surprised, but it actually looks like estrogen is neuroprotective. If anything, there is less cell death in the presence of estrogen," she said.
How reassuring...for women, anyway. The article goes on to say that the damage is far from temporary, and may explain the behavioral changes often observed in athletes who dose themselves with steroids (Could it explain what the hell is going on with T.O.? Just throwing it out there). Okay, every joke or comment you've been saving up after seeing the headline for the story, go into the comments!
All snickering aside from the XX side of the peanut gallery, this is more evidence that, biologically, men may be aced out in the path to a life of meaningful longevity.