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More Americans living without partners, especially young adults

(CNN)Americans are less likely to share a roof with a partner than they were a decade ago, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. “People are more conscious of the potential costs” of living together, said Stephanie Coontz, director of research and public education for the Council on Contemporary Families, a […]

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The most common pre-existing medical conditions

(CNN)By the numbers, it looks like Americans are one unhealthy nation and could therefore have a lot to lose, depending on how the health care debate concludes. Before the Affordable Care Act, Americans could be denied health insurance if they had one of several of common health conditions like diabetes, asthma and even acne. Obamacare […]

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Vatican condom row: pope prevails as Knights of Malta chief resigns

Catholic orders British leader, Matthew Festing, had been in conflict with liberalising pontiff over charity project The head of the Knights of Malta, an ancient Catholic order, has resigned over a dispute with the Vatican about free condoms that has become a battle of wills between the heads of two of the worlds oldest institutions […]

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Is ‘phubbing’ ruining your relationship?

(CNN)The majority of our relationships are in shambles. The U.S. divorce rate hovers at 40 percent, but that’s not the whole story. Many intact relationships are on life support. According to a survey by the National Opinion Research Center, 60 percent of people in a relationship say they’re not very satisfied. There are some familiar […]

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Divorced, deceased parents linked to kids’ smoking and drinking

(CNN)We know that parents have a profound influence on their child’s life, and increasingly, scientific research is connecting the dots between attention or neglect and behavior. Children who experience the loss of a father or mother early in life are more likely to smoke and drink before they hit their teens, a new study of […]

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Know when it’s time to fire your doctor

(CNN)Dr. Jerome Groopman knew that he needed to break up with his doctor. Five years ago, when he started seeing his internist, everything was fine. But Groopman says that in time, the internist became more popular — and hence more busy and harried — right when Groopman needed him most. Debra Roter, a behavioral scientist […]

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Study: These are the peak times for divorce

(CNN)There’s long been evidence that there are certain times of year that are popular for divorce. But passive aggressive Facebook drama isn’t exactly quantifiable data, so a new study from the University of Washington has provided some actual numbers to support the trend. Researchers from the university plotted the number of divorce filings in Washington […]

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