In Brief: Jul. 16, 2001

CLASSMATES Familiarity breeds respect--or at least safer sex. Teens are more likely to use condoms or other contraceptives when their sexual partners are the same age and at the same school, according to researchers at the University of Michigan. The younger partner in a mismatched couple, the researchers suggest, may have a harder time saying no to unprotected sex. Condom use increases the longer the relationship lasts and the more teens characterize it as romantic, the study found.

TILL DEATH DO US PART It is what every senior couple dreads--one of the two becomes terminally ill, and the other strains under...

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