Your detour to a stress-free life

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September 25th, 2012

Ever feel overwhelmed by worries? Do you find yourself dwelling on concerns big (is my job safe?) and small (that darn clogged sink!)?

It’s official: You’re human and living in the United States. Anxiety levels in this country are the highest they’ve been in seven decades, surveys show.

Not surprisingly, money and work woes top most people’s freak-out lists (thank you, lingering recession). All that e-mailing, texting, and tweeting aren’t helping; social technology has reduced actual face time (a known stress reliever) and made us compulsively available to everyone at all times.

Women suffer most — we’re twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, which involves excessive worry about a wide range of things (and requires medical attention).

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When Men Stop Seeking Beauty and Women Care Less About Wealth

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September 25th, 2012

As gender equality rises in any given society, men focus less on seeking mates with youth and beauty and women become less interested in rich, powerful men
By Maia Szalavitz

Men seek youth and beauty, while women focus on wealth and status — evolutionary psychologists have long claimed that these general preferences in human mating are universal and based on biology. But new research suggests that they may in fact be malleable: as men and women achieve financial equality, in terms of earning power and economic freedom, these mate-seeking preferences by gender tend to wane.

The idea behind the evolutionary theory is simple: biologically, sperm are cheap — men make 1,500 sperm per second on average. In contrast, eggs are expensive; typically, women release just one egg a month and each baby girl is born with her full lifetime’s supply of egg cells. (Yes, this means that the egg from which you sprang was formed inside your maternal grandmother.) What’s more, pregnancy costs a woman nine months, while the initial male contribution to parenthood generally requires no more than a few minutes.

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How safe are sex enhancement drugs?

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September 18th, 2012

Sex enhancement drugs are a source of relief for men who suffer impotence as they

… are used totreaterectile dysfunction. However, there are fears that some of thesedrugs have the potential of destroying male fertility.
Experts say long use of certain sex enhancement drugs may impact negatively on sperm quality.There are also concerns that with widespread counterfeiting of drugs, fake or counterfeits of otherwise certified sex enhancement drugs like Viagra, expose users to potentially dangerous ingredients that may harm their reproductive health.
Other risks associated with sex-enhancement drugs include cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, kidney failure and priapism among many other side effects.
Reasons men use sex enhancement drugs
Men aged 45 and above who are contending with erectile dysfunction may find sex enhancement drugs as the key to satisfactory sexual intercourse. However, younger men are getting hooked on such drugs for recreational purposes.
A young man, Umoren Godswill blamed it on sexual pressure from women. He said: “It could be as a result of pressure from women. Some men use it because they want to impress women.”

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Why Sex Doesn’t Gross You Out When You’re Aroused

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September 17th, 2012

Getting turned on overrides women’s natural disgust response, a study suggests, making them more willing to do things they otherwise wouldn’t
By Alexandra Sifferlin

If you think about it, sex is actually sort of disgusting, what with all the sweat, saliva, fluids and smells. So much so that a group of researchers from the Netherlands got to thinking, How do people enjoy sex at all?

According to their small new study, people — at least women — may be able to get over the “ick” factor associated with sex by getting turned on. Sexual arousal overrides the natural disgust response, the researchers found, and allows women to willingly engage in behaviors that they might normally find repugnant.

The study, conducted by scientists at the University of Groningen, involved 90 women who were randomly assigned to one of three groups. One group watched a “female friendly” erotic video; another watched a video of high-adrenaline sports like skydiving or rafting, designed to be arousing but not sexually so; and the third group watched a neutral video clip of a train.

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When Men Stop Seeking Beauty and Women Care Less About Wealth

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September 10th, 2012

Men & Women

As gender equality rises in any given society, men focus less on seeking mates with youth and beauty and women become less interested in rich, powerful men
By Maia Szalavitz

Men seek youth and beauty, while women focus on wealth and status — evolutionary psychologists have long claimed that these general preferences in human mating are universal and based on biology. But new research suggests that they may in fact be malleable: as men and women achieve financial equality, in terms of earning power and economic freedom, these mate-seeking preferences by gender tend to wane.

The idea behind the evolutionary theory is simple: biologically, sperm are cheap — men make 1,500 sperm per second on average. In contrast, eggs are expensive; typically, women release just one egg a month and each baby girl is born with her full lifetime’s supply of egg cells. (Yes, this means that the egg from which you sprang was formed inside your maternal grandmother.) What’s more, pregnancy costs a woman nine months, while the initial male contribution to parenthood generally requires no more than a few minutes.

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