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Some couples renewing spark with oxytocin therapy

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Some couples renewing spark with oxytocin therapy
by KENS 5 staff
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Posted on February 10, 2011 at 4:40 PM

We're just days away from Valentine's Day, which means love is in the air. But what if your relationship isn't what it used to be?

New research into a hormone our bodies make everyday is giving some couples a renewed spark.

Extra Testosterone Reduces Your Empathy, Researchers Find

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Extra Testosterone Reduces Your Empathy, Researchers Find

A new study from Utrecht and Cambridge Universities has for the first time found that an administration of testosterone under the tongue in volunteers negatively affects a person's ability to 'mind read', an indication of empathy.

Do Gut Bugs Practice Mind Control?

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Do Gut Bugs Practice Mind Control?
by Elizabeth Pennisi on 31 January 2011

Are you a worrier? Low on energy? You might be able to blame your state of mind on the bugs in your gut. Researchers studying behavior and gene activity in mice have found that these microbes appear to help shape brain development. If the findings translate to humans, they could lead to new ways to treat depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders.

Training the brain to think ahead in addiction

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Training the brain to think ahead in addiction
January 27th, 2011 in Medicine & Health / Psychology & Psychiatry

The growing numbers of new cases of substance abuse disorders are perplexing. After all, the course of drug addiction so often ends badly. The negative consequences of drug abuse appear regularly on TV, from stories of celebrities behaving in socially inappropriate and self-destructive ways while intoxicated to dramatization of the rigors of drug withdrawal on "Intervention" and other reality shows.

Eating poorly can make us depressed

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Eating poorly can make us depressed
January 26th, 2011 in Medicine & Health / Health

Researchers from the universities of Navarra and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria have demonstrated that the ingestion of trans-fats and saturated fats increase the risk of suffering depression, and that olive oil, on the other hand, protects against this mental illness.

Teen brains over-process rewards, suggesting root of risky behavior, mental ills

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Comments: Another study in humans showed that teens release more dopamine for rewards. When it comes to teens and porn use the implications are clear. First of all they get a bigger blast of dopamine, so the addiction process can manifest more rapidly. The extra dopamine also functions to more strongly and quickly rewire the synapses to the addiction and associated memories. The teen brain is less organized and more vulnerable to neuroplastic changes, again supporting learning and creating memories: rewiring itself to porn. Addictions can be seen as "excessive learning."

Study: Frisky mice produce fertile sons (better sperm)

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Frisky mice produce fertile sons
When mice mate with multiple partners, their male offspring evolve higher quality sperm

[Published 20th January 2011 12:18 PM GMT]
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Mice with many sexual partners produce more fertile sons than do monogamous mice, providing a biological benefit of promiscuity, according to research published online today (January 20) in BMC Evolutionary Biology.

Do you get sick after having an orgasm? (POIS)

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Note: We are friends with the man who started the POIS forum, and he is in close contact with the doctor who did these studies.

Do you get sick after having an orgasm?
You might be allergic to your semen
By Kate Kelland, REUTERS

A mysterious syndrome in which men come down with a flu-like illness after an orgasm may be caused by an allergy to semen, Dutch scientists said Monday.

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