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Watching an autopsy has a way of changing one's view on death. Every single one of us – rich, poor, white, black, male, female, religious, atheist – will one day be on a cold metallic cart with a tag on our toe. And the medical examiner will open us up, poke around, extract and weigh a few organs, then ship your lifeless corpse on to the funeral home.

So, the question isn't if we are going to die, but when and how. Science has little to say about the former, but it has collected quite a bit of data on the latter. That's what makes the CDC's weekly report on the dead and dying so morbidly fascinating.

This week, the CDC listed the top 10 causes of death for Americans based on sex. The top 10 causes of death are not the same for men and women. (...

By Stephanie Bucklin, Live Science Contributor

Men still aren't living as long as women — and that holds true for humans' primate cousins as well, a new study shows.

In the study, researchers looked at data from six populations of humans from both modern and historical times, in different countries. The investigators found that, "in spite of the huge gains in human longevity over the past century, the male-female difference has not shrunk," said Susan Alberts, a professor of biology at Duke University and a co-author of the new study.

The researchers did find that the the amount by which women outlived men varied across populations. For instance, the largest male-female difference in life span...

Welcome to the continuation of our series discussing the science behind director Kathleen Gyllenhaal's latest documentary, IN UTERO.  

"To Avoid Adult Dysfunction Start 'IN UTERO'" took a deeper look at the health ramifications of toxic stress in prenatal life and its role in contributing to adult disease.  Her husband, Stephen Gyllenhaal, is a producer.  

Now, we pivot to the behind-the-scenes of how and why such a story gets told.  The interview will reveal interesting...

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A comprehensive report on women and heart disease was released by the American Heart Association and no surprise womens' hearts, and the ailments that afflict them, are significantly different from the male pumpers. The focus of the studies reviewed was heart attack, or acute myocardial infarction.

Entitled "Acute Myocardial Infarction in Women," the report is a compendium of hundreds of...

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 1.36.02 PMIf you asked a representative sampling of American women which health threat most concerned them, it s likely that a goodly proportion would say cancer, especially breast cancer. But they re not on target because, as Jane Brody points out in a recent essay in the New York Times, heart disease is the most common cause of death in women (as well as in men).

Ms. Brody cites research indicating that the prevalence of risk factors for heart...

Heart skips a beatAtrial fibrillation (an irregular and often rapid heart rate resulting in poor blood flow) is the most common abnormal heart rhythm. According to the American Heart Association, AFib can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and other heart complications. Currently, an estimated 2.7 million Americans are affected by AFib. AFib can affect anyone, but typically people are at a higher risk if they are older adults, have a family history of Afib, have high blood pressure, are obese, or have underlying heart disease.

A recent ...

Depression has often been associated with symptoms such as sadness, apathy and anxiety. But researchers are coming to understand that depression can manifest itself differently in men than it does in women - and as a result, men s depression has been under diagnosed.

Researchers looking to understand the disparities in depression rates between men and women found that when symptoms such as anger, aggression and drug abuse were accounted for, those disparities disappeared.

The study, published online in JAMA psychiatry, used data from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R), including 3,310 women and 2,382 men. Researchers developed two scales. The Male...