Child marriage in India fuels fertility risks

High prevalence of child marriage in India fuels fertility risks. – Despite India’s economic and educational reform efforts in the last decade, the prevalence of child marriage remains high, fueling the risks of multiple unwanted pregnancies, pregnancy terminations and female sterilizations.

Gene may predict an individual’s pair-bonding behavior

Genetic variation can be used to predict an individual’s pair-bonding behavior; Gene associated with pair-bonding in animals has similar effects in human males. – Variation in the gene for one of the receptors for the hormone vasopressin appears to be associated with how human males bond with their partners, according to an international team of researchers.

Health of never-married people is improving

A study led by Hui Liu, assistant professor of sociology, finds that the health of never-married people is improving, particularly among men. – The health of people who never marry is improving, narrowing the gap with their wedded counterparts, according to new research that suggests the practice of encouraging marriage to promote health may be misguided.

More women opting for tattoo removal

More women are presented for tattoo removal in 2006 in US. Women were white, single, college educated, and between the ages of 24 and 39 years. – Individuals who visit dermatology clinics for tattoo removal are more likely to be women than men, and may be motivated by the social stigma associated with tattoos and negative comments by others.

Alarming rates of STDs among teenage girls

A US study found that one in four teenage girls aged 14 to 19 has a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Nearly half the African-Americans in the study were infected by one of the diseases. – A US study found that one in four teenage girls aged 14 to 19 has a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Nearly half the African-Americans in the study were infected by one of the diseases. The survey, part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, did not ask about syphilis or gonorrhea, so it is likely the STD rates are actually higher.

Kinship of couples may determine number of children

deCODE links closer kinship with reproductive success. Phenomenon could have long-term impact on population growth in urbanizing societies. – In a paper published by deCODE genetics (Nasdaq:DCGN) scientists establish a substantial and consistent positive correlation between the kinship of couples and the number of children and grandchildren they have.

HIV testing before marriage in India

Maharashtra has proposed the testing for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) be made compulsory before marriage in the state. – The Indian state Maharashtra government has proposed the testing for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) be made compulsory before marriage in the state. If the decision is made into law, Maharashtra would be the first state in the India to have such a scheme.

A good fight with spouse good for health & marriage

Fighting with your spouse can actually be good for your health with people who bottle it all up found to die earlier. – A good fight with your spouse may be good for your health, research suggests. Couples in which both the husband and wife suppress their anger when one attacks the other die earlier than members of couples where one or both partners express their anger and resolve the conflict, according to preliminary results of a University of Michigan study.

Happily married women are less stressful

Here’s a novel idea for unwinding after a stressful day at the office: Find a happy marriage. That’s the suggestion from a new UCLA study that tracked levels of cortisol, a key stress hormone, among 30 Los Angeles married couples. – Happily married women are less stressful with better mental health, revealed by UCLA researchers. They tracked levels of cortisol, a key stress hormone, among 30 Los Angeles married couples.

New dimensions added to child & women welfare, India

Indian Govt. accomplished some new initiatives in the areas of development and welfare of children and women this year 2007. – The year saw number of new initiatives in the areas of development and welfare of children and women. Laws were made more stringent to ban Child Marriage and protection of juvenile, Amendments initiated in Immoral Traffic Act and Prevention of Sati and a scheme for rehabilitation of trafficked victims was launched to give message that women welfare is on the top of the Indian Government’s agenda.

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