Zika Virus Damages Babies' Brains After Birth
It turns out that babies who were born healthy from a Zika-infected mother are still experiencing latent defects months after leaving the womb, NBC reports. Some of the infants are developing smaller-than-normal heads months later. Because the symptoms can develop later in a child’s development, this means that microcephaly at birth is not a fundamental part of Zika as researchers once thought.
In Florida, 160 pregnant women have contracted Zika, NBC reports. More than 1,000 pregnant women in the U.S. have been infected. Health professionals say these babies will need to be observed for years.
Congratulations in Order
As a result of attending the Mayo Clinic Transform conference, the Weekly Reading team has found itself just two degrees removed from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the blockbuster — and controversial — play "Hamilton." A connection to the groundbreaking musical can be made now thanks to Dessa, the generous and talented rapper who H&HN Daily interviewed at Mayo’s conference in September. Not too long after her video was published on the importance of communication in patient-physician engagement, it was announced that she would be performing a song called “Congratulations” on a Hamilton-related album to be released on Dec. 2. “I’m trying to play it cool, but I’m stoked,” Dessa told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. She’s not the only one.
Study shows that sexist attitudes can be debilitating for men
Men who can be described as sexist, or who desire to have power over women, are often more likely to have mental health problems than those who don’t, the American Psychological Association reports. In a study published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, men who see themselves as womanizers or as having dominance over women are more prone to have inner problems than men who don't, and were less likely to seek psychological help.
This research was based on an analysis of 78 research samples from 19,453 participants, and how they adhered to society’s expectations of traditional masculinity. This idea of traditional masculinity was defined by nearly a dozen characteristics, which included desire to win, need for emotional control, violence, power over women, and more.
“The masculine norms of playboy and power over women are the norms most closely associated with sexist attitudes,” said lead author Y. Joel Wong, Ph.D., of Indiana University Bloomington. “The robust association between conformity to these two norms and negative mental health-related outcomes underscores the idea that sexism is not merely a social injustice, but may also have a detrimental effect on the mental health of those who embrace such attitudes.”