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Junk food worse for male mouse brains

Homer Simpson and noncartoon men who have similar food tastes may have a new health concern to worry about … at least if they have brains like mice. In a study in Cell Reports, researchers showed that when mice of both sexes were fed high-fat junk food diets, male brains became more susceptible to inflammatory damage than their female counterparts. The hormone estrogen appears to be responsible for the protective effect in the female populations, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports. Additionally the researchers found that male rodents on the junk food diet were more prone to become glucose-intolerant and develop impaired heart function.

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