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Talking to Partners About STDs Often Awkward: Survey

But conversations about sexual histories and protection are important for couples, experts say

Is Texting Helping or Hurting Your Relationship?

Young women text to connect; guys text to distance themselves, study author says

Fewer Pounds May Lead to Better Sex, Researchers Say

Women who had weight-loss surgery reported improved sexual satisfaction, study finds

Romance Can Sour When Only One Partner Slims Down

Study of couples probes the 'dark side' of weight loss

Surprise: Guys and Girls Both Check Out Breasts

But study finds women do it more to compare than stare

Men May Stroll a Little Slower Down Lovers' Lane

Study found males decreased their speed when walking beside a romantic partner

Men With Deep Voices Attract More Women, Study Finds

But these husky-toned males are often viewed as flings, not long-term mates

Could Your Genes Help Bring You Wedded Bliss?

A particular genetic variation may make it harder to weather marital turbulence, study suggests

When a Kiss Is More Than Just a Kiss

Study suggests it may help you size up potential long-term mates

Friend or Lover? Your Voice May Give You Away

Researcher suggests that people can perceive vocal changes that might indicate a partner is cheating

Loved Ones Stay Attuned to Spouse's Emotions, Study Says

But reading facial expressions may become more difficult with age

The Real Message Behind Status Handbags?

Women may be saying 'Stay away, he's mine'

'Love Hormone' May Affect Social Connections

Study shows oxytocin alters brain activity in mice; findings support ongoing trials in people with autism

For Uninfected Partner, Antiretroviral Drugs May Shield Against HIV

Study of heterosexual couples in Uganda suggests strict adherence to meds is key

Childhood Bullying Scars Can Last Into Adulthood

Higher risk of illness, work and social problems seen in long-term study

Marriage Beyond Reach of Many Working-Class Americans: Study

Research suggests insecurity about jobs, finances and future is driving drop in wedded couples

Men's Share of Housework May Depend on Career Choice

Study found those in traditionally male jobs tend to help out less at home

Urging Your Partner to Diet May Backfire

Response could be unhealthy, such as fasting, taking diet pills or binge eating, study finds

New Dads' Interest in Sex Often Drops After Childbirth: Study

They're also stressed and tired, survey finds

1 in 3 Young Americans Has Suffered Dating Violence: Survey

Problem isn't getting better, expert warns

Did Monogamy Arise to Protect Babies From Unrelated Males?

Study suggests that couples began sticking together to help keep infants from being killed

Long-Distance Relationship May Strengthen Couple's Bond

People idealize far-away partners, feel more intimacy, study found

Divorce in Early Childhood May Harm Adult Ties With Parents: Study

If split happened when kids were young, they were less likely to feel secure later, particularly with fathers

Marital Spats May Decline as Couples Age

Over time, partners realize their differences won't change, so they try to defuse conflict, study says

Dads Who Bond With Kids Help Keep Marriage Strong

Sharing housework also key, study found, as is open communication with spouse

Sleepy Men Might See Sexual Come-Ons Where None Exist

Study of 60 college students didn't find similar effect in women

Anxiety Often Plagues Cancer Survivors and Their Loved Ones

Partners even more likely than survivors to experience fear and worry over long term, study finds

Marriages Forged on the Internet May Last Longer

Study found couples who met online were slightly more likely to stay together

In Dating Game, Narcissists Get the Girl

Self-admiring men attract mates more easily, study finds

A Strong Marriage Can Shield Kids From Dad's Depression: Study

Supportive spouse seems to improve a depressed father's relationship with his children

Rich 'Cougar,' 'Sugar Daddy' Stereotypes Might Not Mirror Reality

Instead, couples with big age gaps tend to be poorer, study finds

When Teen Dating Turns Abusive and Violent

Parents urged to watch for signs of behavior that affects 1 in 10 children

Same-Sex Relationships Pose Abuse Risks, Too

N.Y. woman recounts verbal and physical violence with first female partner

Low-Dose 'Pill' Linked to Pain During Orgasm, Study Finds

Women on low-estrogen formulations report more pain overall, and during sex

Your Voice Carries Sexual Cues, Study Finds

Women prefer deep voices, men attracted to high-pitched, breathy tones

Sex Lives Often an Overlooked Casualty of Traumatic Brain Injury

Researchers say a more holistic approach to therapy would help patients and families

Porn Use Has Small Effect on Sexual Behavior, Study Finds

Many other factors contribute to young people having risky sex, experts say

People Happier When They Get More Sex Than Their Friends: Study

Those who got less action than their peers tended to be less happy, researchers say

Helping Children Make Sense of the Senseless

Tragedies like the Boston bombings require a loving, shared response, experts say

Most People Don't Confuse Romantic Comedies With Reality

Young adults in study didn't base relationship expectations on these movies

Can Penis Size Sway Women's Choice of Mate?

Shown images of naked mannequins, females tended to favor better-endowed candidates, study found

Doctors' Spouses, Partners Say They're Satisfied

Survey found most would choose same relationship given chance

More U.S. Couples Living Together Instead of Marrying, CDC Finds

And more women getting pregnant while cohabiting

Child Health Experts Come Out in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

Kids benefit from having stable home, two loving parents, regardless of sexual orientation, AAP says

Sports Help Dads, Daughters Bond, Study Says

Many shared activities can help cement relationship, researchers find

Gay Men Who Marry Now Living Longer, Study Says

Better HIV/AIDS treatment accounts for improved longevity, researchers note

Are Trusting Friendships Easier Between Straight Women, Gay Men?

Study suggests lack of hidden agenda allows exchange of honest relationship advice

Relationship Worries Can Make You Sick

Chronic fretting linked to rise in stress hormones, lowered immune response in study

Closeness Isn't Always Key to Romantic Bliss

Finding the level of emotional intimacy that's right for both partners is most important, study finds

Five Keys to Keep Your Valentine's Heart

Being there for your partner every day more important than gifts or flowers, study finds