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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Never-Married Penalty: Early Death?

    Aug. 9, 2006 -- People who have never married are more likely to die -- at all ages -- than people who are married and live together, U.S. data show. It's the "never-married penalty," suggest University of California researchers Robert M. Kaplan, PhD, and Richard G. Kronick, PhD, in the August issue

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  9. Many Teens Use Condoms Incorrectly

    Aug. 9, 2006 -- Many teens put condoms on after starting sex or take them off before it's over -- thus risking sexually transmitted diseases. The finding comes from a survey of 1,373 British teens by Bethan Hatherallof London's National Children's Bureau, and colleagues. About half the teens in the

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  10. Degrading Lyrics Linked to Earlier Sex

    Aug. 7, 2006 - Teens start having sex sooner if their preferred music has sexually degrading lyrics. However, lyrics with sexual content that is not degrading did not affect teen sexual behavior. Degrading lyrics, as defined in this study, describe men as insatiable studs and women as sex objects. T

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