We debut early and carry on into older age, but have sex less often than before, according to findings on Brits' sexual behaviour from the third NATSAL survey. However, the frequency of sex for has fallen from over six times to just under five per month over the past decade.
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A new ESRC-funded study from the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows we are saving on food costs by switching to cheaper calories - which usually means more sugary or fatty foods.
The annual NHS Stoptober campaign has been launched, helping smokers to quit through a month-long programme. Research shows the challenges of developing effective programmes to quit smoking, the links between smoking and low income, and secondary smoking motivations such as weight control.
The ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies has participated in research which confirms that free school meals seem to increase attainment. The Government has recently announced that free school lunches will be introduced for all pupils at infant schools in England from next September.
Legalising cannabis would bring both benefits and disadvantages - but the current debate is much too limited, argues a report from the Institute for Social and Economic Research; there is a lack of hard evidence, and few of the most vocal participants take a sufficiently broad perspective.
Serious illness, struggling to hold down a regular job and poor social relationships are some of the negative outcomes in adulthood facing those who were victim of bullying in childhood.
Only half of seven-year-old children in the UK achieve the recommended levels of physical activity, MCS data has revealed.
A CEDAR research projecy looking into commuting patterns of driving versus walking cycling or public transport suggests that improved convenience can promote the uptake of such 'active commuting'.
Not having a set bedtime may disrupt healthy brain development in children, according to a study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health which draws on ESRC-funded research.
People who voluntarily go missing usually stay close to home, according to new research. Findings from the ESRC-funded project Geographies of Missing People were presented at the 1st International Conference on Missing Children and Adults, held in Southampton this week.
Considerable research on women's experiences of motherhood has been undertaken over the past 30 years, while women's lives and maternity services have changed dramatically. Several ESRC-funded studies have explored factors influencing modern motherhood.
Hard-working fathers in the UK are cutting their long hours, while mothers are working more, research by NatCen Social Research and the University of East Anglia suggests.
People with dementia can still make decisions in their everyday lives, and with support from partners can continue to do so as their condition advances, research from the ESRC suggests.
Building on waves 1 and 2 of the main Understanding Society survey, the first release of health assessment data is now available.
More pressure at work, increased job insecurity and less trust in political institutions are some of the impacts of the recession, according to a new report from the European Social Survey.
New research has established a definite link between the physical condition synaesthesia and the capacity for feeling empathy. Brain scans show that the 'social brain' not directly affected by test stimuli is being activated.
A comparison of Bangladeshi women living in Cardiff and in Bangladesh shows poorer health among those living in Cardiff, with considerably more obesity. A less active lifestyle and a more unhealthy diet are the main reasons.
New ESRC- funded research shows that if you live in an isolated rural area you are likely to concentrate better than if you live in a city.
The challenges of food security, global food systems and our dependence on food imports is explored in a new report based on an ESRC Public Policy Seminar.
A House of Lords inquiry examining the pressures facing the health service drew heavily on research evidence from the ESRC-supported Institute for Fiscal Studies.
New research on mummies challenges the conventional belief that fatty arteries are caused by unhealthy lifestyles. The study came about through the Digging into Data Challenge, a research initiative co-funded by the ESRC.
The dispensing of mood-altering drugs to older people in Northern Ireland increase after they move into care homes, according to research at the Centre of Excellence for Public Health Northern Ireland, co-funded by the ESRC.
The recession has had a profound impact on Britain's workplaces - but findings from the Workplace Employment Relations Study show that parts of working life have actually improved since the survey was last conducted in 2004.
Fieldwork is beginning in a unique study which puts social scientists at the heart of disease prevention. The ESRC-funded Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium will study 'zoonotic' diseases – those which can be transmitted to humans from wild animals and livestock.
A report launched today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and co-funded by the ESRC reveals that a third of those approaching retirement report that they find it impossible even to guess how much income they will receive from their private pensions.