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coupleWhat about those few exceptions to the rule: couples who are in love twenty years after marriage? Curious scientists had a look at their brain activity recently:

The Neurological Basis of True Love

They say "romantic love" was invented by the troubadors of the Middle Ages. They also say it doesn't last. But Rutgers University anthropologist Helen Fisher and colleagues reported today that functional brain imaging studies show that being "in love" transcends both culture and time.

Human touch may have some healing properties

affectionate coupleA new study from researchers in Utah finds that a warm touch — the non-sexual, supportive kind — tempers stress and blood pressure, adding to a growing body of research on how emotions affect health.

The study of 34 young married couples ages 20 to 39 by researchers at Brigham Young University in Provo and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City found that massage and other supportive and caring touch lower stress hormones and blood pressure, particularly among men, while also enhancing oxytocin, a hormone thought to calm and counter stress.

Consummation: A very peculiar practice

We rhapsodise and obsess about it, yet the act of sex is as likely to be ridiculous as sublime. Hannah Betts considers the paradox of consummation

passionate couple[Article from UK newspaper "The Independent"]

Consummation, as set down dispassionately by the Oxford English Dictionary is "the action of making a marriage or relationship complete by having sexual intercourse"; from the Latin verb consummare, uniting con- (altogether), with summa (sum total), the feminine of summus (highest, or supreme). An end, then, that may be no less a beginning and a lofty one at that, ripe with connotations that the act itself should prove consummate.

And yet, in practice, sex is rather akin to dancing: something physical and exuberant that makes most of us look like arses.

Forget about testing for the infidelity gene

couple holding handsAre you a heterosexual woman seeking a monogamous relationship? Have you ever wanted to genetically test a prospective partner for his ability to remain happily monogamous?

If so, don't pin your hopes on a study published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study suggests that men with a particular gene variant are twice as likely as men without it to be bad at "pair bonding." Like so many genetic findings about complex human traits, if replicated, this finding would be of genuine interest. But it wouldn't be remotely enough for a new genetic test of infidelity.

Risk of depression dims hopes for anti-addiction pills

bulletAt this website we share the benefits of strengthening inner equilibrium naturally - and thereby avoiding depression - through careful management of sexual energy. This article demonstrates the risks of turning your wellbeing over to pharmaceutical companies and their clumsy attempts to tamper with the reward circuitry of the brain.

Two years ago, scientists had high hopes for new pills that would help people quit smoking, lose weight and maybe kick other tough addictions like alcohol and cocaine.