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Women ruled by hormones

A new US study has shown that women are indeed ruled by their hormones.

world Updated: Jun 18, 2010 23:56 IST

A new US study has shown that women are indeed ruled by their hormones.

They are more sensitive to a key stress hormone with even small amounts sending their emotions into a whirl, while men are relatively immune to even high amounts of the chemical, which is called corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF). It helps control the body’s reaction to stress.

Dr Rita Valentino, of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the US, carried out the study in rats. “This is an animal study carried out on rats and we cannot say that the biological mechanism is the same in people,” The Courier Mail quoted Valentino as saying.

“But researchers already know that CRF regulation is disrupted in stress-related psychiatric disorders, so this research may be relevant to the underlying human biology.