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17 Feb

HealthDay Now: How Sex Changes with Age

Mabel Jong is joined by Alexis Bender, an associate professor in the Geriatrics & Gerontology department at Emory University School of Medicine, to discuss how sexual intimacy can change with age.

15 Feb

HealthDay Now: Sex in the Senior Years: Why It’s Healthy

Mabel Jong is joined by Alexis Bender, an assistant professor in the Geriatrics & Gerontology department at Emory University School of Medicine, and Dr. Robin Miller, HealthDay’s medical correspondent, to discuss the importance of maintaining sexual intimacy later in life.

11 Feb

Post Break-Up, Men Face an Increased Risk of Mental Illness, New Study Finds

The end of a romantic relationship often causes, anxiety and depression in men, researchers say.

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Vaginal or C-Section, Method of Childbirth Won't Affect a Couple's Sex Life Later

Childbirth shouldn't put any dent in your future lovin', regardless of the way your baby was delivered, new research assures.

Sexual enjoyment isn't affected at all by method of delivery in the years following childbirth, according to a study involving the mothers of more than 14,000 babies bor...

Spouse Getting Weight-Loss Surgery? Your Marriage Might Be in Trouble

People who have weight loss surgery often see improvements in type 2 diabetes and other diseases, but these surgeries and the lifestyle changes they require can also have spillover effects on other aspects of life, including relationships.

Compared to the general U.S. population, folks who have weight loss s...

Smells Like Friendship: Similar Body Odors May Draw Folks Together

You and your best friend may have your noses to thank in helping bring you together, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that pairs of friends who'd just "clicked" upon meeting tended to smell more alike, compared to random pairs of strangers. What's more, a high-tech electronic nose was able to predict, based on body odor, which strangers would hit it off during their first interacti...

Singles or Couples: Who Sleeps Better?

You might think that having the whole bed to yourself would leave you feeling more refreshed in the morning than sleeping with someone who might toss, turn or snore.

Yet, a new study suggests that adults who share their beds with a partner have less severe insomnia, less fatigue and more sleep ...

A Lover's Embrace May Calm Women More Than Men

Is an upcoming final exam or big-time job interview stressing you out?

Hug your honey.

That's the takeaway from new research that showed how embracing your significant other can help calm women.

But sorry, guys, the same isn't true for you, according to the study published May 18 in the journal PLOS ONE.

"As a woman, hugging your romantic partner can prevent t...

Fewer Adults With ADHD Have 'Excellent' Mental Health

Two in five adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder say their mental health is excellent, which is significantly lower than people without the disorder, but still an encouraging finding, according to the authors of a new study.

Their analysis of a Canadian government mental health surve...

Sex in the Senior Years: Why It's Key to Overall Health

Lovemaking isn't just for the young - older people gain a lot of satisfaction from amorous relations as well.

But things get complicated as people age, and many folks let this important part of life drift away rather than talk about sexual problems with either their partner or their doctor, experts told HealthDay Now.

"Not many people talk about sex with their doctors, espe...

Valentine's Chocolates May Do Your Heart Good - Really

Giving dark chocolate to your sweetheart on Valentine's Day may be a win-win emotionally and physically, an expert suggests.

But it's important to keep any potential health benefits in perspective, noted Lizzy Davis, an assistant professor of nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

"What is healthy for one person may not be healthy for another," she said in a ...

Breakup, Then Breakdown: Men Can Crumble Mentally When Romance Ends

There's some bad news for lovelorn men this Valentine's Day.

A new study has found that men are at an increased risk of mental illness after the breakdown of any romantic relationship. And, it found, stereotypes of masculinity may be partially to blame.

Researchers sought to understand the types of mental health challenges men face after a breakup with an eye to preventing or blunti...

Could the 'Love Hormone' Help Drive Sex Addiction in Men?

Men compelled to find myriad new partners and ways to have sex may be driven by high levels of the so-called "love hormone," oxytocin, new research suggests.

Oxytocin, which is produced by the hypothalamus and secreted by the pituitary gland, plays a key role in sexual behavior, and abnormal levels are believed...

Fragile Male Egos Have Many Women 'Faking It' in the Bedroom

A trio of new studies are confirming what millions of women already know: Reacting to your man's insecurities can have you pretending the sexual satisfaction you do not feel.

The more a woman thinks her partner's ego is fragile, the more likely she is to protect those feelings and fake orgasms -- and then be less satisfied with the sex they do have, researchers discovered.

"I...

Many Teens Don't Realize STD Risks From Oral Sex: Poll

Many American teens and young adults underestimate the risk of sexually transmitted infections from unprotected oral sex, and that's especially true of young men, a new survey shows.

Doctors say oral sex can transmit herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV and human papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to cervical cancer, and head and neck cancers.

While there is an

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  • Spit Test: Saliva Alerts Babies to Close Relationships

    Sharing food and smooching are two ways babies can suss out whom they can depend on to take care for them, a new study suggests.

    The tell-tale clue common to both is a surprising one: saliva.

    "Babies don't know in advance which relationships are the close and morally obligating ones, so they have to have s...

    Could Face Masks Make You Better-Looking?

    Want to look more alluring? Wear a mask.

    Really.

    That's the takeaway from Welsh researchers who found that masking up may make men look more attractive to the opposite sex and that some kinds of masks do a better job of this than others.

    "Research carried out b...

    Unlucky in Love? It Can Damage Men's Health, Study Finds

    Men who are broken-hearted or just unlucky in love could be more likely to have health-damaging inflammation, new research suggests.

    Serious breakups and solo living for many years may increase the risk of ill health and death -- but apparently only for men, according to the researchers behind a new Danish study.

    "Small numbers of breakups or years lived alone is not in itself a ri...

    Social Media Tied to Higher Risk of Depression

    The latest in a spate of studies investigating links between use of social media and depression suggests the two go hand in hand.

    "The relationship between social media and mental health has been the subject of a lot of debate," said Dr. Roy Perlis, lead author of the new study. He's director of the Center for Experimental Drugs and Diagnostics at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston....

    Most Romantic Couples Started Out as Friends, Study Finds

    Some think that romance begins when two strangers catch each other's eye across a crowded room. Others seek it out by swiping right.

    But new research suggests that more than two-thirds of all romantic relationships begin as friendships.

    It's a question that Danu Anthony Stinson and her collaborators have been asking for a long time while studying relationship initiation.

    "We s...

    Most Marriages Survive a Spouse's Brain Injury

    Marriages can remain stable after something as challenging as a brain injury for one of the spouses, new research indicates.

    Though past reports have suggested that divorce rates were high among those who experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI), that was not true for most people in the current study.

    "Our data dispel myths about risk of divorce after TBI and suggest a message of ...

    'Blame Pandemic' Best Way to Save Relationships During Lockdown

    Job stress, money problems and other everyday frustrations can undermine relationships, but big challenges like the coronavirus pandemic may actually leave couples happier, a new study reveals.

    The reason: They're more likely to be aware that stress is affecting them.

    "Because of this awareness, when major stressors occur, romantic partners may be less likely to blame each other for...

    Survey Finds Many Adults Don't Want Kids -- and They're Happy

    Marriage and children may be the norm for most Americans, but a new study shows that many people are choosing to remain child-free -- and they're happy that way.

    The study of 1,000 Michigan adults found that one-quarter had opted not to have kids. And, on average, their life-satisfaction ratings were no different from those of parents or people who planned to have children.

    On one h...

    Looking for Love? Young People's Drinking Goes Up When Dating

    When young adults are seeking a casual dating relationship, drinking is likely to follow, new research suggests.

    Meanwhile, those who are already in a serious relationship are likely to drink less.

    The study included more than 700 people in the Seattle area, aged 18 to 25, who filled out surveys every month for two years. The study used a community sample that was not limited to col...

    Big Rise in U.S. Teens Identifying As Gay, Bisexual

    More teens in the United States are reporting their sexual identity as gay, lesbian or bisexual, nationwide surveys show.

    Between 2015 and 2019, the percentage of 15- to 17-year-olds who said they identified as "non-heterosexual" rose from 8.3% to 11.7%, according to nationwide surveys by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    "Although our analyses demonstrated that t...

    New Study Examines Sexuality of People With Autism

    Adults with autism report a broad range of sexuality -- being much more likely to identify as asexual, bisexual or homosexual than people without autism, a new study finds.

    In a survey of nearly 2,400 adults, researchers found that those with autism were three to nine times more likely to identify as homosexual, asexual or "other."

    Among men, those with autism were over three times ...

    Regret That One-Night Stand? It Probably Won't Stop Another, Study Shows

    You might think regret has an upside -- to help you avoid repeating a mistake -- but new research shows it's just not so, especially when it comes to casual sex.

    Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology asked volunteers to fill out a questionnaire about sexual regret -- twice, about 4½ months apart.

    "For the most part, people continue with the same sexual...

    Dating on V-Day? Why Some Are Better at a Good First Impression

    Valentine's Day is Sunday and even amid a pandemic the search for love continues. When dating, will potential suitors think you're a prince or a frog?

    That may depend on how genuinely happy you are with yourself and how well you present yourself, new research shows.

    The new study from McGill University says first impressions during a first date can accurately assess another pe...

    For Many Cancer Patients, Diagnosis Brings Psychological 'Silver Lining'

    Could a cancer diagnosis sometimes produce positive life changes? In a new study, many people with colon cancer, even in advanced stages, believed their diagnosis had brought some beneficial effects to their lives.

    In surveys of 133 colon cancer patients, researchers found that nearly all -- 95% -- said their lives had benefited in some way since their diagnosis. Often, they felt their f...

    Can You Find True, Lasting Love on Tinder? Study Finds It's Possible

    Tinder, Grindrand other dating apps have a reputation for encouraging casual hookups, but a new study suggests app users may be looking for -- and finding -- love in all the right places after all.

    Unlike more traditional dating sites such as Match.com and EHarmony, these apps are largely based on rating photos. You swipe right if you like what you see, or left if you don't. It's that si...

    For Cancer Patients, Holiday Season Can Be a Stressful Time

    The holiday season can be difficult for people with cancer, especially with the added stress of the COVID-19 pandemic this year.

    As they undergo treatment and cope with symptoms and side effects, they may struggle to get any pleasure from the season, according to the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

    Emotional and physical fatigue can make it hard for cancer patients to take p...

    Study Gauges Mental, Physical Toll of Divorce

    Couples going through a divorce may see their mental well-being deteriorate -- especially if they are having angry exchanges and other conflicts, a new study shows.

    The findings are no surprise, experts said. But the study appears to be the first to capture how married people fare in the midst of a split, rather than after a period of separation.

    And overall, both men and women repo...

    Fewer Tiny Newborns in States With More Reproductive Rights: Study

    Greater reproductive rights for women -- such as access to sex education and birth control -- are associated with lower rates of low birth weight babies, a new study finds.

    Reproductive rights refer to a woman's right to plan motherhood. This includes use of birth control or abortion, access to reproductive health services and sex ed in the public schools.

    "Our study provi...

    How Important Is Sex as Women Age?

    It's often thought that older women lose interest in sex, but many women continue to rate sex as important, a new study finds.

    "In contrast to prior literature reporting that the importance of sex decreases as women move through midlife, we found that for a quarter of women, sex remains highly important to them throughout midlife," said lead author Dr. Holly Thomas, an assistant prof...

    COVID Conflicts Are Putting Big Strains on Relationships

    As the coronavirus pandemic wears on, it's clear that not everyone's on the same page when it comes to preventing the risk of infection.

    Lots of people wear masks, try to maintain social distancing and avoid large gatherings. But plenty of others forgo a mask or wear it on their chin, go to busy bars and attend social gatherings, like weddings.

    Both sides think they're righ...

    Cyberbullying Could Rise During Lockdown, But Parents Can Stop It

    Cyberbullying is less common among teens who feel loved and supported by their parents, new research shows.

    The findings could be especially relevant during the coronavirus pandemic, say a team from New York University.

    "With remote learning replacing classroom instruction for many young people, and cellphones and social media standing in for face-to-face interaction with fr...

    Will a Cheap Pill Cure Gonorrhea? New Test Can Tell

    Researchers say a new test can tell which patients with gonorrhea will benefit from treatment with the antibiotic ciprofloxacin.

    The low-cost drug has been out of use amid concern that the bacterium that causes gonorrhea was becoming resistant to it.

    In this study, 106 patients identified as having a gonorrhea strain called wild-type gyrA serine were cured with a single dos...

    Stalking, Harassment of Partners Common Among Teens

    Nearly half of U.S. teens have been stalked or harassed by a partner or done the deed themselves, a new study finds.

    "These victimization and perpetration numbers are unacceptably high," said study author Emily Rothman, a professor of community health sciences at Boston University's School of Public Health.

    "Unfortunately, they are in line with estimates of similar problems ...

    Many LGBTQ Youth Suffer From Mental Health Woes

    As many as 40% of LGBTQ youth and more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth contemplated taking their life in the past year, according to a new report.

    Also, one in three LGBTQ youth said they had been threatened or harmed because of their sexual identity, researchers from the nonprofit Trevor Project found in their 2020 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health.

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    Lockdown Led to Less Sex, Lower Use of HIV-Preventing Drugs: Survey

    About one-third of people prescribed drugs to prevent HIV stopped taking the medications when they were forced to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic, a new survey finds. The reason, they said: They weren't having sex.

    Many discontinued the drugs without their doctor's say-so, which has experts concerned.

    "Reducing the number of new HIV transmissions and ensuring acces...

    Need Better Sleep? Get a Partner

    Happy couples apparently make good bedfellows. New research says that when happy couples sleep together, they tend to have more -- and less disrupted -- rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.

    The REM phase of sleep is when you dream, and it's been linked to emotion regulation, memory consolidation and creative problem-solving, the researchers said.

    "There is -- even in the medica...

    Coronavirus Baby Boom? Survey Says Maybe Not

    Will the stay-at-home orders issued in March and April result in a "coronavirus baby boom," as some have predicted?

    Perhaps not, according to a new survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults, conducted by researchers from Indiana University.

    Around half of the people questioned reported no change in their sex lives during the early part of the coronavirus quarantine from mid-Mar...

    Loneliness May Make Quitting Smoking Even Tougher

    Being lonely may make it harder to quit smoking, a new British study suggests.

    Using genetic and survey data from hundreds of thousands of people, researchers found that loneliness makes it more likely that someone will smoke. This type of analysis is called Mendelian randomization.

    "This method has never been applied to this question before and so the results are novel, b...

    Adult Life Tougher for Teens Who Had Controlling Parents: Study

    Back off, Mom and Dad: Teens who feel their parents are overly controlling may have more difficulty with romantic relationships as adults, a new study suggests.

    The study, which followed 184 teens, found that those with domineering parents had a future that was different from their peers: On average, they did not go as far in their education, and they were less likely to be in a roman...

    More Young Americans Are Going Without Sex

    Sex, and lots of it, has long been the primary preoccupation of young adults, but more of them are now going months and years without any intimate encounters.

    New research shows that one of three men between the ages of 18 to 24 have not had any sex during the past year, putting to rest all the talk of the "hookup culture."

    Men and women aged 25 to 34 in the United States al...

    Love During Lockdown: Survey Shows How Couples Have Coped

    As U.S. states issued stay-at-home orders in March and April, one of many questions was how couples would fare under lockdown together. Now a new survey offers an initial snapshot: some more arguments, regular declarations of love, and a good dose of same-old, same-old.

    The survey included close to 2,300 U.S. adults who were living with their partner when the pandemic hit -- forcing m...

    Loving Partners May Be Key to Breast Cancer Survivors' Health

    A little romance may go a long way toward helping breast cancer survivors thrive.

    New research showed that a strong romantic relationship wasn't the cure-all, but it was linked to lower psychological stress and lower inflammation, which is a key to staying healthy.

    "It's important for survivors, when they're going through this uncertain time, to feel comfortable with their ...

    A Woman's Egg May Prefer One Man's Sperm Over Another's: Study

    People have certain qualities they look for in a mate, and now a new study finds that a woman's eggs may be choosy about sperm, too.

    Researchers said the findings offer new insight into human reproduction -- showing that eggs will not accept just any sperm, and actually have more say in the union than previously recognized.

    In the moments just before fertilization, there is ...

    Cuddling Brings Two Minds Together, MRI Study Reveals

    Love to cuddle up? It might bring a 'mind meld,' too, new research shows.

    People in close physical contact appear to have synchronized brain patterns, a revolutionary new MRI technique has revealed.

    A functional MRI scan of two people cuddling under a blanket showed that their brains appeared to be falling into similar patterns of action and response, as they took turns gent...

    AHA News: Make Mother's Day Last All Year With Wellness and Appreciation

    It wouldn't be Mother's Day without flowers and a messy breakfast in bed. But is there more we can do for mom's long-term benefit, and perhaps even for motherhood in general?

    There surely is, experts say, and it doesn't have to cost a lot of money. As May 10 approaches, here are a few things to keep in mind.

    "My kids are always asking me what they should do for Mother's Day," sa...

    Love in the Time of Coronavirus: Couples Feel the Strain of Lockdown

    With most Americans weeks into sheltering-in-place, couples are in a situation probably none ever planned for: Being in each other's faces all day, every day -- with no clear end in sight.

    Experts say the new closeness is likely playing out in many ways: Some couples will find they enjoy the extra time with each other; others will be counting the days until they can be with a human ot...

    Interventions Boost Abstinence, Condom Use Among Black Teens: Study

    Sexual health programs appear to help increase condom use and abstinence among black American teens, researchers say.

    They analyzed data from 29 studies that examined the effect of school- and community-based programs on nearly 12,000 teens.

    "We focused on black adolescents because they face greater health disparities when it comes to the risk of unplanned pregnancy and cont...

    Gay, Lesbian Teens at High Odds for Physical, Sexual Abuse

    Lesbian, gay and bisexual teens are far more likely than their straight peers to suffer physical and/or sexual violence, new research warns.

    The warning stems from surveys of nearly 29,000 teens, aged 14 to 18, conducted in 2015 and 2017 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Overall, LGBQ teens (lesbian, gay, bisexual and teens who are questioning their se...

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