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Saturday, 11 March 2017

The First Thing You Must Do in Bed

Generosity for the win: Focusing on what she craves in the sack also increases your arousal, says research in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Researchers studied “sexual communal strength”—the willingness to meet a partner’s sexual needs—in long-term couples. Both parties filled out daily sex surveys for 3 weeks. Four months later, generous lovers  reported higher levels of daily arousal AND more desire for their partner than the less-generous couples.

Why Men Are Having Less Sex Now Than They Did 15 Years Ago

The past really was the good old days—at least in the bedroom. People in the ‘90s and early ‘00s were having more sex than we are now, a new study in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior found.

The researchers analyzed survey data collected from 26,620 Americans since 1989. They discovered that the average American was doing it 16 fewer times per year between 2010 and 2014 than they were between 2000 and 2004. They were also getting busy nine fewer times from 2010 to 2014 compared to 1995 to 1999.

Those who were married or in relationships were the only ones affected by this downward slope. Singles enjoyed the same amount of sex throughout the two decades. In the mid 2000s, Americans who had never married began having more sex than married people for the first time.

This High-Priced, Fancy Juice Company Is Actually Delivering Weed​

If you live in Boston or Cambridge and have a hankering for some expensive juice, you’re in luck: For the low price of $55, startup delivery service HighSpeed will deliver a serving of locally sourced “fresh-pressed” juice straight to your door.

But if you’re thinking that $55 for juice sounds just a little expensive, you’re not wrong. The mark-up comes from the free “love” that accompanies each juice. What the hell is free love? You’re probably wondering. Weed. It’s weed. (Now it makes more sense, right?)

According to the Boston Globe, it’s illegal to sell weed in Massachusetts, though it is legal to use for recreational or medicinal purposes. However, it won’t actually be legal to sell until a government-regulated marketplace opens up in 2018. Interestingly enough, adults are allowed to give away or transfer 1 ounce of weed to other adults as long as you’re not paid or rewarded for the service in any way. (HighSpeed delivery drivers check customer IDs and ensure that they match the billing information to ensure that all patrons are over 21.) That’s where the juice comes in — as far as the authorities are concerned, it could be plausible that HighSpeed’s customers just really, really love expensive juice.

Could the Club Drug Ketamine Treat Depression?

People have long used club drug Ketamine to get high at parties, but a growing body of research suggests it may also be an effective way to treat depression.

One of the first studies to explore this idea was a 2006 study in which 18 treatment-resistant depressed patients were randomly selected receive either a single intravenous dose of ketamine or a placebo. The study, funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, found that depression symptoms improved in a single day for 71 percent of the patients given ketamine. Another small study (with 16 patients total) in the 2010 issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry reported that those who had treatment-resistant bipolar disorder experienced relief from depression-related symptoms in as little as 40 minutes after being given ketamine — much faster than most anti-depressants. And in 2016, an animal study published in Nature found that one of the by-products of ketamine, something called a metabolite, remained in the body of mice for days after the drug was taken, which might explain how ketamine works so quickly and why it can provide relief for up to a week.

Americans Are Officially Drinking More Bottled Water Than Soda

Here’s a health trend we can get behind: Americans are now drinking more bottled water than soda, Reuters reports.

That stat comes from Beverage Marketing Corp., a research and consulting firm that tracks consumption of what we’re drinking. According to the data, 2016 was the first year that bottled water surpassed carbonated soft drinks as the largest beverage category by volume in this country.

Bottled water consumption has been growing steadily for decades, and reached 39.3 gallons per person a year in 2016. That’s about a nine percent increase from the year prior.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

7 Sex Tips Women Wish You Knew

In the past 10 years, apps blew up the dating pool, porn got smarter, and sex toys showed up in Target. People talk more openly about sex and know more about it too. Sex should be better than ever. But is it? To find out, we joined forces with Women's Health to poll thousands of men and women on their sex lives. We compared the results with those from a survey MH did in 2006, and then asked the experts for tips. The good news: You're having the best sex ever. (Or at least you will be.) Just follow these seven steps

That's all you need to do to convince her to experiment in bed, our survey shows. (61 percent of women say "just ask," compared to 48 percent 10 years ago.) So take a shot. Threesomes, anal, and public sex are all trending up.

One reason: Premarital playtime lasts longer. The average age for a first marriage is now 29 for men and 27 for women. American society is increasingly open-minded, adds anthropologist Helen Fisher, Ph.D., the author of Anatomy of Love. We're also healthier and better educated—and educated people tend to be curious.

What Happens To Your Body When You Always Lift the Same Amount Of Weight

Much like our breakfast of choice or what we wear, most of us tend to gravitate to routine when it comes to our lifting workouts: We often use the same amount of weight, over and over. No shame—it’s particularly comforting to select a weight size you know you can handle when you’re at the gym, and when you’re sweating at home, you may not have a variety of weights to work with. But experts say not changing your weight size means you’ll be missing out on some pretty hefty benefits.

“When you train with the same weight week to week, over time, your body will adapt to the resistance, and you won’t see gains in muscular strength or hypertrophy [size],” says Jacque Crockford, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise. Compare it to running the same distance every time you hop on the treadmill—at some point, you’re not going to see your body improve, since you’re no longer challenging it.

The Scary Health Condition Sleeping Too Long Can Signal

There’s nothing better than sleeping in, right? But sleeping for too long might be signaling something serious about your brain health, researchers from Boston University School of Medicine suggest.

In the study, people who slept for more than 9 hours a night were twice as likely to develop dementia of any kind over a 10-year follow up than those who snoozed between 6 to 9 hours nightly. They were also 71 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.