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The warning signs to look for in a relationship when he isn't ready to get seriousYou consider your relationship to be perfect. Your man communicates his love for you all of the time. However, he shies away from the topic of marriage and time begins to pass without any reassurance of tying the knot. The fear of losing freedom or identity can cause hesitancy, but why are some men just not ready to commit? It might be that the times have changed and men have different viewpoints than they used to years ago. According to a recent survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, 64 percent of men in the age range of 25-29 had never been married, which is a dramatic increase of just 19 percent in 1970. Although times have changed, if you are ready for marriage and your partner is not, you do not want to force him into submission. The desire for lifelong commitment should be mutual, of course. Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia and director of the National Marriage Project, Dr. Brad Wilcox, PhD discusses why some men aren't ready to commit and the signs that might help determine if marriage is, or should be, in the foreseeable future.
Ladies: the taboo of sex on the first date could now be considered to be outdated.Ladies: the taboo of sex on the first date could now be considered to be outdated. Until recently, women were convinced that waiting a few dates to have sex was rule #1 in dating. Climbing into bed initially with a man would show that you are promiscuous or slutty, and would unquestionably disqualify you as girlfriend or marriage material. Sex on the first date still might not be the route you want to take, and that's OK. The point is that women are starting to be able to be as sexually expressive as men, without the double-standard. Maybe it's time to bend the rules a little bit, when the sexual chemistry is palpable. "You've got to test drive the car before you buy it." So, when you are trying to figure out why he hasn't called, can you eliminate the possibility that you "gave it up" too quickly; or is sex on the first date still frowned upon? Dr. Justin J. Lehmiller, teaches social psychology at Harvard University and studies sexuality and relationships, is joined by Jeff Wilser, co-author of It's Okay to Sleep with Him on the First Date: and Every Other Rule of Dating, Debunked, explain the male perspective of sex on the first date and their personal wisdom on the rules of dating and relationships.
Having cyber-security awareness will create a more positive experience for you and contribute to a better online community.Why is it so hard to meet someone special these day? Really, meeting the right person can seem to be a full-time job. In the world of broadband everything, there is a general acceptance for the use of online dating websites and services. Online dating can be a great dating tool, as long as you are smart and know the safety precautions. Statistics show that over 40 million people in the US have tried online dating in 2013 and the lucrative business has grossed in the billions. Online dating services generally require you to disclose personal information, the feared "about me" section can be more challenging to write than your resume. This information can be re-disclosed not only to prospective dates, but to data aggregators, who use your information for reasons unrelated to online dating, without your consent. There are other potential risks such as reputational damage, scammers or "cat fishing" and sexual predators, when you enter the world on online dating. Having cyber-security awareness will create a more positive experience for you and contribute to a better online community. So, what are the questions you need to ask yourself before writing your profile? Laurie Davis is the author of, Love @ First Click: The Ultimate Guide to Online Dating and the founder of eFlirt Expert, an online dating consultancy. Laurie teaches you the digital dating essentials: how to choose the right site, create a powerful profile and the important steps in cyber safety.
Various testings on Amphora showed promise as a non-hormonal contraceptive gel through its ability to immobilize sperm.Amphora, produced by Evofem Inc., was approved by the FDA in 2004 as a personal lubricant. Various testings on Amphora showed promise as a non-hormonal contraceptive gel through its ability to immobilize sperm. It has potential to be effective for up to eight to ten hours prior to intercourse and may even prevent certain sexually transmitted infections. The Amphora contraceptive clinical trial began in April 2011 and will be completed in 2014. The trial is testing Amphora's efficacy in preventing pregnancy compared to FDA-approved vaginal gel, Conceptrol®. Amphora gel lines the vaginal canal, and uses lactic acid to help maintain the vagina's natural acidic pH level. By balancing the natural pH level, Amphora creates an opposing environment for sperm, inhibiting the ability to migrate to the cervix, thus preventing conception. Upon successful completion of the trial in 2014, Evofem Inc. plans to introduce Amphora as a non-hormonal, latex-free and inexpensive over-the-counter contraceptive for women. Sexual health expert Dr. Lisa Oldson, MD reveals the development of the new contraceptive, its' effectiveness and if the birth control option is a safe choice for you.
The best way to stop the freshman weight gain is to understand how to prevent it.Going to college is a milestone. Family and friends always joke around with the new college student about the dreaded 'freshman 15' right before they leave for school. We all remember it, and try to avoid the memories and photos of the unflattering weight gain. Learning how to cope with the separation and transition from home to independence requires a lot of adjustments. Alcohol, late night and binge eating, processed foods and stress, are all associated with the "college experience," and are considered to be catalysts for the excessive weight gain. However, not everyone gains the legendary freshman 15, some gain less or in some cases even more. Recent studies show that an average freshman college student will gain anywhere from five to nine pounds their first year. These habits and pounds can add up, making it challenging to lose the weight. The best way to stop the freshman weight gain is to understand how to prevent it. Dr. Lisa Oldson, MD shares healthy tips and advice on how to avoid the freshman 15.
Elevated homocysteine is now associated with cognitive decline in older adults. Might you be at risk?It's well established that at high levels, homocysteine, an amino acid metabolite, can damage the arteries feeding your heart. However, new research shows it can also do some damage to your brain, resulting in poor memory, cognition and worsening hand-eye coordination. Dr. Mike will discuss the latest research and offer safe and effective solutions for lowering homocysteine.
As much as you'd like to trust your doctor, there are things they may neglect to tell you regarding heart health.Conventional heart doctors unwittingly place their patients at risk because they mismanage high blood pressure, neglect vitamin deficiencies, expose patients to drug side effects and inadvertently exchange one risk factor for another. Dr. Kira Schmid, associate director of Scientific Affairs for Life Extension, joins Dr. Mike to discuss important, potentially life-saving information they've recently published. You'll learn what optimal blood pressure is, which vitamins are heart healthy, and how to avoid the side effects of statin prescription drugs.
New research suggests that a compound abundant in the Mediterranean diet takes away cancer cells' "superpower" to escape death.One way that cancer cells thrive is by inhibiting a process that would cause them to die on a regular cycle, which is subject to strict programming. This study in cells, led by Ohio State University researchers, found that a compound in certain plant-based foods, called apigenin, could stop breast cancer cells from inhibiting their own death. So, while apigenin doesn't exactly outright kill cancer cells, it does help stop their proliferation. In this segment of Healthy Talk, health expert, Helayne Waldman, joins Dr. Mike to discuss this new discovery and how it's changing the world of cancer.
Breast cancer survivors can increase their odds of living a long, disease-free life by eating whole foods.If you're a breast cancer survivor, chances are you have renewed your commitment to maintaining your good health and taking care of your body. As one of the best preventative measures known to doctors and nutritionists today, a robust, cancer-fighting diet is vital to your personal plan against a relapse of breast cancer. Join Dr. Mike and special guest, Helayne Waldman, as they explain all the benefits of a whole food diet, especially when it comes to breast cancer survivors.
Recent evidence indicates that coffee drinking can improve endothelial function, reducing your risk of stroke.Arterial dysfunction is a major risk factor for strokes because it impairs blood flow through the brain's major arteries. Strokes can occur when the cells lining the inside wall of arteries become damaged and dysfunctional, leading to sudden loss of blood flow. But recent evidence indicates that coffee drinking can improve endothelial function, reducing your risk of stroke.
If your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy, what do you need to do to prepare them for school?It can be very scary to find out that your child has food allergies, especially with instances of kids perishing from just that. So, if your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy, what do you need to do to prepare them for school? What kind of information do you need to share with the school, and what questions should you ask about the school's and teacher's ability to handle any problems? Should your child learn to be responsible for their own allergy? Also, what about the other parents whose child is not allergic, but who may be sending in treats, or packing PB&J in their own child's lunch? It's OK to be nervous about all of the issues and concerns that surround food allergies, because it means you are being cautious. Dr. Jennifer Kim, MD, and Melanie Cole, MS, help guide you through what types of policies should you ask regarding food-sharing, appropriate snacks, and where the responsibility lies.
E-cigarettes promise a safe and effective alternative to the real ones. But what potential dangers do they hold for you? Or, for your kids?E-cigarettes promise a safe and effective alternative to the real ones. But what potential dangers do they hold for you? Or, for your kids? For instance, do the flavors in E-cigarettes make them more attractive to kids? Are they easier for kids to buy than regular cigarettes? Is it really true that they are a safe alternative? What is known about the other chemicals they hold? In this segment of Healthy Children, Dr. Susan Tanski, MD, and Melanie Cole, MS discuss E-cigarettes and their dangers to both children and adults.
Each year the flu vaccine brings questions and concerns. Learn the newest and most up-to-date information on this year's vaccine.Have you gotten your flu shot yet for this year? Have your kids? Now that school has started, the flu season is just around the corner. And, that might bring up some concerns regarding the shot... both for you and your children. For instance, why should you and your loved ones get vaccinated? Why there are different kinds of flu vaccine, and who is eligible for which ones? What does it mean to give your child a live virus? Is this dangerous? Dr. Mary Anne Jackson teams up with Melanie Cole, MS, to help guide you through what you need to know about the flu vaccine this year.
Every year in the U.S. 14 million people become infected with HPV, leading to 26,000 HPV-related cancers.Every year in the United States, 14 million people - mostly young adults - become infected with HPV, leading to 26,000 HPV-related cancers. There are more than 8,000 HPV-related cancers in men and 17,000 HPV-related cancers in women. Of these, 4,000 women will die from cervical cancer. While HPV itself may be widespread, knowledge of the disease and understanding of the need for vaccination is not. Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to help guide parents when getting their children the very important HPV vaccine.
Starting Oct 1st, there will be many changes and options, and you need to know how to proceed.Do you know how the Affordable Care Act ( ACA) will affect you and your family? Starting Oct 1st, there will be many changes happening that will take place and you need to know how to proceed. Since it took effect in 2010, the health reform law, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act or ACA, has made important changes to the way health care coverage works for children and families. Now you can compare insurance options to find the right plan for you and your family. As of January 1, 2014, almost all Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay a penalty. If you have access to affordable insurance through your employer: You do not need to change insurance coverage if you don't want to. If you do not have access to affordable coverage: You can get health insurance through your state's marketplace. Enrollment for new coverage begins October 1, 2013. Listen as Marianne Eterno, Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company Assistant Vice President of Government Relations joins Melanie Cole, MS to guide you through the new Health insurance laws and simplify the act for you.