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UF/IFAS Researcher Says Some People Are Single on Valentine’s Day and Just Fine with It

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Once you learn to take care of and nurture yourself, only then can you be in a healthy, positive relationship. And it is perfectly fine to be by yourself on Valentine’s Day – or any day of the year.

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Hallucinogen Use Could Protect Against Intimate Partner Violence

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Hallucinogen research gains traction, suggests class of substance could be therapeutic for problem behaviors, including intimate partner violence.

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Valentine’s Day: DePaul University Experts Discuss ‘Broken Heart Syndrome,’ Consumer Behavior, Religious Symbolism and Cinema

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Study Shows Association Among Childhood ADHD, Sex and Obesity

The incidence of childhood and adult obesity has increased significantly over the past three decades. New research shows that there is an association between obesity development during adulthood and childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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From Japan to Samoa: Understanding the Origins of Sexual Behavior

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Award-winning researcher focuses on mental health challenges facing sexual and gender minority groups.

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Smartphone App Linked to Increase in Contraceptive Use in India

A smartphone app containing motivational videos developed to help married rural women in India better understand contraceptive choices led to a dramatic increase in the number of women using modern family planning methods in just a few months, new Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) research suggests.

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Being Married Might Hurt Your Chances of Weight Loss After Surgery

Spouses ideally could play a key role in helping patients lose pounds and keep them off after weight-loss surgery, but being married might actually work against patients, researchers from The Ohio State University have found. The researchers, led by Megan Ferriby, a graduate student in human sciences, concluded that the impact of weight-loss surgery extends to his or her romantic relationships and likely to the entire family.

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Better Access to Contraception Means More Sex for Married Couples

Married couples in low- and middle-income countries around the world that use contraception are having more frequent sexual intercourse than those that do not, new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests.

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Community-Level Violence Linked to Teens’ Risky Sexual Behavior

Teens’ experiences with violence — either through fear of violence, observing violent events, or being victims of violence themselves — are associated with how likely they are to have sex and use condoms, new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests.

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#Selfie: Researchers Find Instagram Selfie Posts Tied to Romantic Relationship Conflict

Florida State University researchers have discovered the more selfies an individual posts on the social media site Instagram, the greater the likelihood he or she might experience romantic relationship conflict and dissolution.

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University of Arizona Sociologists: Teen Pregnancy Not an Isolated Issue

Christina Diaz and Jeremy E. Fiel found that socioeconomic disadvantage may reduce the effect young motherhood has on how successful a person is academically, and also what wages can be expected in the future.

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Five Ways to Show Love for Someone with Allergies or Asthma this Valentine’s Day

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Tips for those who want to impress their Valentine with thoughtfulness and caring, but prefer not to break the bank by overspending.

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Valentine’s Day Experts From GW Available to Discuss History of Giving Perfume as a Gift, Poetry and How Shakespeare Relates to the Holiday

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In Married Couples, Death May Not Entirely Do You Part

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A person's quality of life at the time of their death continues to influence his or her spouse's quality of life in the years following the person's passing, according to new research by UA psychologists.

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Most Top-Selling, Over-the-Counter Sexual Treatments Unproven, Some Could Be Harmful, Review Shows

From horny goat weed to ginseng and maca, over-the-counter dietary supplements sold to improve male sexual health contain a wide variety of “natural” ingredients. A review of the scientific evidence for the most common ingredients to determine if they are effective – and most importantly – safe. The results are published online ahead of print in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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What Less Time on Social Media Means for Relationships in 2016

For all those who resolve to spend less time on social media in 2016, here is what that means, say experts from Purdue University.

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UAB Study Confirms Efficacy of Major Chlamydia Drug

In one of the most tightly controlled trials ever conducted of drugs used to treat sexually transmitted infections, researchers at UAB have confirmed that azithromycin remains effective in the treatment of urogenital chlamydia.

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The Power of Touch

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Sex-changing snails switch sooner when together.

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Kansas State University Experts Share Five Guidelines for a Happy, Healthy 2016

Researchers with Kansas State University's College of Human Ecology share tips on making the new year a healthy and happy one.

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Divorce: On the Decline in Sub-Saharan Africa

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With education, employment and income levels all rising for women in sub-Saharan Africa, many observers have speculated that divorce rates would follow suit – as they have in much of the developed world. But a new study by McGill University researchers finds that divorce rates across 20 African countries over the past 20 years have remained stable or declined.