November 5, 2011 A new Pew survey finds that Gen Xers, now in their 30s and 40s, are feeling harder hit by the recession than other groups as they struggle to raise children and save for their own retirement. Always a diverse group, they are split in support for President Obama and Mitt Romney.
October 28, 2011 Companies are trying to bring down their spiraling health care costs by helping employees lose weight. At Dow Chemical, managers hope to set an example by hitting the corporate gym at midday, and the company offers weight-management classes on demand, at workers' convenience.
October 27, 2011 From cubicle farms to auto factories, accommodating larger and heavier employees has become a fact of life. One in three U.S. adults is obese, and researchers say the impact on business can be boiled down to a number: $1,000 to $6,000 in added cost per year for each obese employee.
October 21, 2011 As the nation's student-loan debt climbs toward $1 trillion, many students face 20-year repayment plans. The average debt is $24,000, but some owe far more and say this burden influences life decisions, from buying a house to whether to have children.
September 19, 2011 A new study finds 3,000 cases of young immigrant women being forced into marriage in the U.S. Those who refuse can face threats of violence, ostracism from their families and financial repercussions that can lead to homelessness. Yet, advocates say there is very little legal recourse.
September 18, 2011 Many adult children of anonymous sperm and egg donors say they deserve to know the identity of their biological parents, something a number of countries have already mandated. Kathleen LaBounty is among the most outspoken to make this case.
September 17, 2011 In the past, sperm and egg donation has been shrouded in secrecy, and many children conceived this way were not told about their biological origins. But research suggests this can be toxic for families, and more couples plan to tell their children a modern-day version of the facts of life.
August 16, 2011 Divorce has been falling since its peak in 1979. But family experts see a new threat for children: the rise of cohabiting parents, who avoid marriage altogether. A new study finds their offspring can face as much if not more instability as the children of divorce.
July 18, 2011 More than 40 million Americans care for a loved one at home, providing some $450 billion of care a year, says a new AARP study. Advocates say they're tired, stressed out and at higher risk of health problems themselves — and the problem could get worse as the baby-boom generation enters old age.
June 30, 2011 This "New Male Mystique" may come as a surprise to stressed-out working moms.
June 8, 2011 During a news conference on Monday, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) confessed to sending lewd photo texts, but stressed he'd "never had sex" outside his marriage. No matter, says one marriage therapist: "A relationship is a relationship, whether you touch that person or not."
June 6, 2011 Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) has said he'll sign a recently passed bill to provide up to a week of paid sick time, largely to service workers in companies with 50 or more employees. Businesses lobbied hard against the legislation, and some lawmakers say it will be a burden.