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How holidays hurt your sex drive
Agencies
Washington, December 25, 2012
First Published: 00:13 IST(25/12/2012)
Last Updated: 02:35 IST(25/12/2012)

The main factors contributing to low sex drive in women, including younger woman, seem to intensify during the craziness of the holidays, it has been claimed.

Contrary to what is shown on TV, a lull in sexual desire isn't always a crisis, ABC News reported.

In a 2010 study, researchers looked at 400 premenopausal women age 18 or older with low sexual desire disorder.

In the study, it turned out that 85 percent of the low-sex-drive women cited multiple factors for their low drive.


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The main culprits that were cited were — stress or fatigue, dissatisfaction with personal appearance and sexual difficulties including problems reaching orgasm.  ANI


Even monkeys have sense of gratitude

Washington: Researchers have found, as the season for giving sets in, that even monkey brains respond to the act of giving. During a task involving rhesus macaques, three distinct areas of the brain were found to be involved in weighing benefits to oneself against benefits to the other, according to Duke University researchers.

The team used sensitive electrodes to detect the activity of individual neurons (nerve cells) as the animals weighed different scenarios, whether to reward themselves, the other monkey or nobody at all, the journal Nature Neuroscience reports.

Using a computer to allocate juice rewards, monkeys preferred to reward themselves first and foremost.  IANS


Parrots have tastes for music

London: Parrots — known as great mimics — also have varied musical tastes and an intense dislike of dance tunes, scientists have discovered.

While some prefer classical works and others pop tunes, scientists have found the creatures do not like dance music.

Researchers monitored the listening preferences of a pair of African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus) - a popular pet species, and found that while one favoured soothing "middle of the road" music, the other opted for more upbeat, modern pop, 'The Telegraph' reported.

Birds also enjoyed rock and folk music and "danced" along, by bobbing their heads and legs. They even "sang along", by squawking. But neither animal appreciated electronic dance music, which left them both distressed.

“The birds clearly showed preferences. One preferred the rhythmic and one preferred the classical. There is no trend for the birds. Even if they are in the same place hearing the same things, they do not prefer the same music,” Dr Franck Peron, from the University of Lincoln said.  PTI


50 Shades spoof outsells original

london: A clever parody of this year's most talked about racy novel '50 Shades of Grey,' has outsold the original in the past two weeks.

'Fifty Sheds of Grey' - one of the dozens of satires published following the success of the 'Fifty Shades' trilogy, has sold 41,000 copies in the last two weeks, while EL James's book sold 29,000, the Daily Mail reported. Written under the pseudonym Colin Trevor Grey, the satire tells the story of a middle-aged man "thrust into an illicit world of pleasure," after his wife reads 'Fifty Shades.' The man finds himself caught between his wife's enthusiasm to try new things in the bedroom and

"the love between a man and his shed."  ANI


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