Overcoming the scourge of AIDS

Number of View: 296 Overcoming the scourge of AIDS China had 319,877 reported cases of HIV and AIDS as of last October, with 49,845 having already died of AIDS-related disease since 1985. -China Daily/ANN Mon, Jul 26, 2010 China Daily/Asia News Network By Guo Anfei in Yunnan and He Na in Beijing Ruan Najin’s eyes light up every time the topic of conversation turns to marriage and children. Now 23, she plans to have both in just a few years. Yet, after seven years as a prostitute in Southwest China, her exuberant hope also helps hide a real fear that …

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His view, her view of split do not match

Number of View: 291 His view, her view of split do not match ADELE HORIN July 5, 2010/The Sydney Morning Herald SEPARATED couples often see their relationship in starkly different ways and disagree on key aspects – from the level of conflict between them to the number of nights children spend in each parent’s house, a study shows. In some cases, one partner might describe the post-separation relationship as friendly and co-operative while the other says it is fearful and full of conflict. “For many couples there is no such thing as a separation – there is ‘his’ separation and …

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Late-life divorce on the rise

Number of View: 257 Late-life divorce on the rise June 7, 2010 The Sydney Morning Herald News that Al and Tipper Gore were separating after 40 years came as a shock – but divorce rates among mature couples are rocketing, finds Julia Llewellyn Smith. Nicola Ellis seemed to be on the verge of the golden years. At 60, she was the mother of six children and was semi-retired, living in the home built with the man she’d married 40 years previously. But one morning Ellis’s world collapsed. Out of the blue her husband told her: “I don’t love you any …

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Money not the key to happiness

Number of View: 329 AMY CORDEROY HEALTH July 10, 2010   The Sydney Morning Herald WHEN it comes to happiness it turns out we are not just comparing ourselves with the Joneses, but the Wongs and the Kumars as well, according to the biggest ever international survey of what makes us happy. The study, which surveyed 136,000 people in more than 130 countries that account for about 96 per cent of the world’s population – found rich people in rich countries were much more likely to say they were satisfied with their life than rich people in poorer nations. “It may …

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Pros and Cons of marrying (or dating) young

Number of View: 713 Pros and Cons of marrying (or dating) young July 14, 2010 The Sydney Morning Herald I am sick to death of the pressure to get married young. According to over-zealous family members and my already-hitched mates (who are increasing in numbers by the nanosecond), by now I’m supposed to be married, own a house and have a baby on the way. And it seems I’m not the only one. Social psychologists Roy Baumeister and Kathleen Vohs have injected a toxic dose of moral panic into the never-married female population with their “scientific research”, which claims that …

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For better not worse

Number of View: 233 For better not worse SHEBA WHEELER, COURTESY OF SUNDAY LIFE July 5, 2010 Life in the 21st century is putting more strain on marriages than ever. Sheba Wheeler speaks to the experts on how to ease the load. What with the military planning, financially crippling outlays and generally enormous importance we accord modern weddings, it’s easy for couples to think the hard part is over after the walk down the aisle. But relationship experts who have studied marriages over the decades say the work has just begun, especially for today’s bride and groom. Modern marriages require …

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No sex please, we’re middle class

Number of View: 357 Jul 2, 2010 No sex please, we’re middle class By Camille Paglia   WILL women soon have a Viagra of their own? Although a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recently rejected an application to market the drug flibanserin in the United States for women with low libido, it endorsed the potential benefits and urged further research. Several pharmaceutical companies are reported to be well along in the search for such a drug. The implication is that a new pill, despite its unforeseen side effects, is necessary to cure the sexual malaise that appears to have …

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Secrets of a long and happy life

Number of View: 527 Fumi Chinene, 102, runs a clothing store. Okinawans enjoy the longest life expectancy in the world. June 17, 2010 The Sydney Morning Herald Centenarians reveal a tried and true formula for living, writes Mary Fallon. Dorothy de Low made international headlines last week for her performance at the 15th World Veterans’ Table Tennis Championships in Mongolia. One hundred years old in October and the oldest competitor, the Hurstville great-grandmother competed in her 11th tournament since taking up the sport at age 50. She plays in the over-84 years division and was beaten in the second qualifier …

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