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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Birth Order May Affect Homosexuality

      June 26, 2006 -- Men may be more likely to be homosexual if they share their birth mother with older brothers, even if they didn't grow up with those brothers. "These results strongly suggest a prenatal origin to the fraternal birth-order effect," writes Canada's Anthony Bogaert, PhD, in the early o

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    9. Best Age to Marry Climbing

      June 23, 2006 -- The best age to get married is shifting higher in the minds of Americans, with 25 now viewed as the ideal age for women, 27 for men. That's up from an ideal age of 21 for women given in 1946. Americans then thought men should be 25, according to a new Gallup Poll reporting the chang

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    10. Mr. Right? Women Read the Facial Clues

      May 10, 2006 -- One look at a man's face may give a woman important clues about whether he's "Mr. Right" or just "Mr. Right Now." A new study shows women are extremely effective at picking up clues from men's faces that reveal whether he might be a good father or just good for a fling. Researchers f

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