An article on Oct. 6 about the status of women in the fields of science and mathematics misstated a statistic regarding girls who are taking high-school physics. It was the percentage ofgirls among all high-school physics students of both sexes that rose to 47 percent in 1997 from 39 percent in 1987 — not the percentage of girls taking high-school physics among all high-school girls. The article also misstated the status of a woman hired by the mathematics department at Yale University for a tenure-track position in 2010. She is yet to come up for tenure. She was not denied it.
A testosterone patch for women called Intrinsa has been approved in Europe but was rejected by the FDA due to concerns about long-term safety. But the drug has sparked a backlash from some medical and psychiatric professionals who question whether low sex drive in women should even be considered a condition best treated with drugs. They point to the results of a large survey in which about 40% of women reported some sort of sexual problem -- most commonly low sexual desire -- but only 12% said they felt distressed about it. With all the factors that go into the stew that piques sexual desire in women, some doctors say a drug should be the last ingredient to consider, rather than the first.