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  1. Smell of Male Sweat May Arouse Women

    Feb. 9, 2007 -- Male sweat contains a compound that appears to boost women's mood, sexual arousal, and stress hormone levels. So says Claire Wyart, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley Olfactory Research Project, and colleagues. The compound, called androstadienone (A

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  2. Speed Dating? It Pays to Be Picky

    Feb. 8, 2007 -- When speed dating, eagerness isn't an asset. That love lore doesn't come from Dear Abby (though she might agree). Instead, it's from researchers, including Eli Finkel, PhD, of Northwestern University. "Romantic desire comes in two distinct flavors: selective and unselective," Finkel

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  3. Teen Sex May Take Emotional Toll

    Feb. 6, 2007 -- Teen sex -- oral or vaginal -- may have negative emotional consequences, especially for girls, according to a new study in Pediatrics. Parents and health professionals should help teens prepare for and cope with the emotions attached to sex, say Sonya Brady, PhD, and Bonnie Halpern-F

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  4. Looking for Love Doesn't Take Long

    Feb. 11, 2005 - Looking for love may take much less time than most people think. A new study suggests that people can assess a potential mate in moments rather than months. Researchers surveyed participants of a speed dating service and found that the men and women made their dating decisions based

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  5. Study: Men's 'Down Low' Sex Often Stereotyped

    June 15, 2005 -- Media attention has recently lighted on men who have sex with other men "on the down low" (without telling their primary female partner about it). Now, researchers say the reality doesn't always match the stereotypes. Mainstream coverage of down low, or DL, behavior has often featur

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  6. Premarital Sex the Norm in America

    Dec. 20, 2006 -- Almost all Americans have sex before marrying, according to premarital sex research that shows such behavior is the norm in the U.S. and has been for the past 50 years. The new study shows that by age 20, 75% of Americans have had premarital sex. That number rises to 95% by age 44.

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  7. Why Our Loved Ones Hate Our Gifts

    Dec. 8, 2006 -- Here's how to buy your loved ones gifts they'll really like: Pretend they're strangers. Why? We're better at guessing what strangers like than divining what our loved ones desire, find marketing experts Davy P.K. Lerouge, PhD, of Tilburg University, Netherlands; and Luk Warlop, PhD,

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  8. Risky Teen Sex: Blame Social Pressures

    Nov. 2, 2006 - Young people's sexual behavior is largely determined by social influences -- and around the globe, these influences are strikingly similar. The finding comes from an analysis of more than 250 studies of teen and young-adult sexual behavior by Cicely Marston, PhD, and Eleanor King, MSc

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  9. Intimate-Partner Violence Is Common

    Oct. 5, 2006 -- In most of the world, 29% to 62% of women have suffered physical or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner. More often than not, the violence is severe. For half of these women, the abuse continues. The appalling numbers come from a remarkable study led by World Health O

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  10. Women Match Men in Sexual Arousal Time

    Oct. 3, 2006 -- If you think sexual arousal happens faster for men than women, you might want to think again. Healthy young men and women take the same amount of time -- about 11-12 minutes -- to become sexually aroused, Canadian researchers report. The researchers, who are based at McGill Universit

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