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Sleep With Your Partner to Live Longer, Says Research

This research is interesting for two reasons. First it affirms the beneficial effects of bonding behaviors. Second, women slept worse after sex. Hmmmm.... Link to abstract

In spite of all the bed sheet fights, constant snoring and other irritating bedroom habits of your partner, sleeping together may get you a longer life compared to those who sleep alone, says a latest study. Couples who sleep together are reportedly healthier even if it makes them get up a few times in the night or experience a little uncomfortable sleep, believe researchers.

Discovering the Secrets of Long-Term Love

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Physical affection is so powerful that, even if a relationship doesn't always seem perfect (and what relationship always does?), it may help make up for the negatives. Certain couples, for example, reported low marital satisfaction due, presumably, to some of the common challenges couples face (e.g. differences in parenting styles, financial stress, divisions of responsibility). However, if their levels of physical affection remained high, the couple still reported intense love.

A survey reveals many American couples are still "intensely in love" even after a decade together--and hints at the reasons why

Oxytocin Levels Predict Longevity of Love Affairs

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This new research is consistent with the concept that bonding behaviors strengthen human pair bonds.

New research links levels of the “cuddle hormone” with falling, and staying, in love.

There’s nothing like the bliss of a new romance. And yet, many experiencing such rapture find it disrupted by a nagging question: How do we know our love will last? Newly published research suggests a possible answer: Get your oxytocin levels checked. A team of researchers led by Inna Schneiderman of the Gonda Brain Sciences Center of Israel’s Bar-Ilan University have just published a study examining the role oxytocin, commonly called the “cuddle hormone,” plays in the early stages of romantic relationships. While differentiating cause and effect is tricky, the researchers find a strong link between lasting relationships and high levels of the hormone.

Is a cuddle better than sex?

Don't panic if the passion is gone. New research says it's hugs not hanky-panky that keeps couples together

footsies25 July, 2011 Recently, I met a few close female friends for dinner. As is the way on these occasions, the talk swiftly turned to relationships. Tellingly, the topic of marital sex — or more accurately, the lack of it — was a big issue among this group of fortysomething women, many of whom have either young children, husbands with demanding jobs or high levels of financial stress. ‘We hardly ever have sex these days,’ admitted my friend and lecturer Jo, 37.

Party people - Gregarious types may have more oxytocin receptors

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New research suggests the 'love hormone' oxytocin may determine how sociable we are

Oxytocin junkies: The hormone that helps us bond with partners may also make social occasions enjoyable.

Can a single chemical be responsible for all the intimate connections we feel with other people? Oxytocin isn't called the "love hormone" for nothing. It has plenty of other functions, of course, among them triggering milk secretion during breastfeeding, and helping the cervix to dilate during labour. But it's oxytocin's role in bonding that is most intriguing.

The recipe for great sex: orgasm optional, research finds

playful couplePut away your vacuum pump, heavy-duty auto booster cables and edible latex Brad Pitt face mask-and-abs combo. According to a study released Thursday, such items are simply litter along the road to great sex. The study, titled The Components of Optimal Sexuality: A Portrait of 'Great Sex', suggests that sexual fulfilment has far less to do with technique and perfect bodies -- elements most often ascribed great significance by popular culture -- and more to do with such factors as presence, connection and erotic intimacy.

Amsterdam Launches Clinic for Heartbroken

heartbrokenExperts are beginning to measure the physiological hangovers of "love," so the time may be nearing that we can look at the physiological hangover buried in the passion cycle after orgasm.

One Clinic Zeroes In on How Modern Medicine Can Help Heal Heartbreak

Medical specialists from across the globe teamed up in Amsterdam this weekend to launch a first-of-its-kind clinic for the brokenhearted.
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Love Hormone Boosts Strangers' Sex Appeal

oxytocinNotice how neurochemicals affect our perception. It is not far-fetched to suggest that they may be playing a major role in habituation or harmony between mates.

Love Hormone Boosts Strangers' Sex Appeal

Oxytocin Could Play a Key Role in Choosing Mates

A chemical best known for cementing the bond between a mother and her newborn child could also play a part in picking mister (or miss) right.