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Newswise: Valentine’s Day heartbreak turns to healing
Released: 14-Feb-2020 12:55 PM EST
Valentine’s Day heartbreak turns to healing
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

A broken heart for Valentine’s Day sounds like the plot of a romantic comedy. But for Rebekah Holl, a literal broken heart was her reality on Feb. 14, 2019. Born with a rare defect called d-Transposition of the Great Arteries, she underwent open-heart surgery as an infant to correct the way blood circulates throughout her body. Though rare, congenital heart defects are the most common form of birth defects – affecting about 1% or 40,000 births per year in the U.S.

Released: 14-Feb-2020 10:10 AM EST
The Chemistry of Chocolate
NIH, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Chocolate is a hallmark of Valentine’s Day and a favorite treat for many. People even say it has health benefits and serves as an aphrodisiac. A look into chocolate's chemistry explains the science behind the claims and why we crave this sweet indulgence.

Released: 14-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST
Love is in the air — or is it allergies?
University of Alabama at Birmingham

UAB allergist Ed Boyd, M.D., shares some tips to avoid any risk of allergic reactions.

Newswise: A prescription for the pain of rejection: Acetaminophen and forgiveness
Released: 13-Feb-2020 6:40 PM EST
A prescription for the pain of rejection: Acetaminophen and forgiveness
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

The emotional distress that often accompanies a breakup is called social pain, and it may cause sadness, depression and loneliness, as well as actual physical pain, research has shown. A study, published recently in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine may have found an antidote – forgiveness combined with acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol.

Newswise: ‘How I Fell for My Field’
Released: 12-Feb-2020 3:15 PM EST
‘How I Fell for My Field’
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

As the adage goes, “Choose a job you love, and you'll never work a day in your life." The CSU is lucky to be replete with faculty and staff across its 23 campuses who've found their true calling. And for those who work with them—whether students or colleagues—that dedication to education is infectious. Read on to hear how faculty and staff at nine CSU campuses fell head over heels for their discipline.

Newswise: The Four Types of Love: Some Are Healthy, Some Are Not
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Released: 11-Feb-2020 12:35 PM EST
The Four Types of Love: Some Are Healthy, Some Are Not
University of Utah Health

As Valentine’s Day approaches, think about how you use the word “love” in your life. You love your significant other, your kids, your friends and your siblings in different ways. Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones from University of Utah Health talks about the research behind these types of affection and why our loved ones make us crazy (in good ways and bad ways).

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Released: 14-Feb-2019 10:30 AM EST
Close to Half a Million E-Valentines Sent to Patients at Cincinnati Children’s
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Record number makes Valentine’s Day a little sweeter for patients and families

Newswise: New Study Analyzes How Falling in Love Influences the Immune System in Women
Released: 13-Feb-2019 4:05 PM EST
New Study Analyzes How Falling in Love Influences the Immune System in Women
Tulane University

As Valentine’s Day arrives, there’s no doubt love is once again in the air during this annual holiday that dates as far back as the 14th century. So, what exactly does it feel like to fall in love and how does love affect us as humans? Many scientists have proven falling in love has its physical benefits on both men and women, but can falling in love influence the immune system in women?

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Released: 12-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
They call it puppy love, but what is it really?
Vanderbilt University

Even if animals have ulterior motives for teaming up, they teach humans a lot about love.

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Released: 12-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
Long-Lasting Love: Name a Shark for Valentine’s Day
Nova Southeastern University

Valentine’s Day is almost here. If you’re stuck trying to find that perfect gift for your someone special, researchers at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) may have just the thing: a tagged female mako shark swimming off the coast of North Carolina who is looking for a name.

Newswise: The power of thank you
Released: 12-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
The power of thank you
University of Georgia

“One of the best things you can give your spouse is a compliment"

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Released: 12-Feb-2019 8:05 AM EST
How to trim your nails
American Academy of Dermatology

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology are advising the public about a simple yet important self-care routine: nail grooming. Not only do short, well-manicured nails look great, they say, they are also less likely to harbor dirt and bacteria, which can lead to an infection. In addition, the right nail clipping technique can help prevent common issues like hangnails and ingrown toenails.

Newswise: Flirting, Romantic Communication Expert Will Speak at Iowa State
Released: 31-Jan-2019 10:30 AM EST
Flirting, Romantic Communication Expert Will Speak at Iowa State
Iowa State University

With Valentine’s Day approaching, an expert on flirting is coming to Iowa State University on Feb. 7 to share how he came to define the “five flirting styles” through his research into relationships and social interaction.

Released: 30-Jan-2019 7:00 AM EST
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Recommends: Plan Ahead Before Dining Out on Valentine's Day
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Going out is a Valentine’s Day treat. To make a restaurant experience healthful and nutritious as well as fun or romantic, plan your plate before you leave the house, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Newswise: Surprise Your Valentine While Keeping Them Allergy and Asthma Free
Released: 21-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST
Surprise Your Valentine While Keeping Them Allergy and Asthma Free
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

Valentine's Day tips for keeping loved ones with allergies and asthma sneeze and wheeze free

Released: 13-Feb-2018 9:05 AM EST
Palm Oil in Your Valentine's Chocolate?
Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM)

A diet high in saturated fat causes, in addition to obesity and metabolic changes associated with a prediabetic state, anxiodepressive and compulsive behaviors. All of these effects were shown to be tied to inflammation in the nucleus accumbens, revealed a study conducted by a team from the CHUM Research Center (CRCHUM).

Newswise: This Valentine’s Day, Speak The Language Of Flowers
Released: 12-Feb-2018 2:05 PM EST
This Valentine’s Day, Speak The Language Of Flowers
Texas A&M University

While it would be easy to buy a dozen roses to profess your love to a significant other this Valentine’s Day, understanding the language of flowers could help you take your floral overture to the next level.

Released: 8-Feb-2018 10:05 AM EST
This Valentine's Day: Don’t love your SO to the Moon and back
Rowan University

Rowan U physics instructor takes a fun look at the phrase "love you to the Moon and back" in time for Valentine's Day.

Newswise: ‘Love Demystified’ Author Offers Advice for Would-Be Valentines
Released: 6-Feb-2018 11:05 AM EST
‘Love Demystified’ Author Offers Advice for Would-Be Valentines
California State University, Dominguez Hills

In “Love Demystified” Palmer offers tips and techniques that she says can be applied during any stage of a loving relationship, from finding new love or fixing a current relationship, to falling in love again after a loss.

Newswise: Valentine's Day 2018 Shopping Tips
Released: 31-Jan-2018 10:05 AM EST
Valentine's Day 2018 Shopping Tips
Texas A&M University

Valentine’s spending looks to enjoy a similar boost as seen with the 2017 holiday season, the most since the Great Recession of 2009. Strong indicators include a roaring stock market, low unemployment and high consumer confidence.

Newswise: Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities
8-Nov-2017 8:55 AM EST
Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities
Newswise

Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural health gap.

Newswise: Canine Cupids Bring Valentine Cheer to Hospitalized Patients
Released: 14-Feb-2017 7:05 PM EST
Canine Cupids Bring Valentine Cheer to Hospitalized Patients
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A team of pettable cupids made a special delivery to hospitalized patients at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, on Valentine’s Day, bearing a love-and-kisses message that's sure to stay with the children and adults for a long time. Adorable dogs, dressed up in their Valentine’s Day finest, dutifully delivered handmade Valentine cards throughout the morning today to patients of all ages in their hospital rooms and pediatric playrooms. The canine cupids and their volunteer owners are members of UCLA's People–Animal Connection, an animal-assisted therapy program.

Released: 13-Feb-2017 4:05 PM EST
Moderation Key to Days of Wine and Chocolate
UT Southwestern Medical Center

If wine and chocolate are on the menu for Valentine’s Day, you might be doing your heart a tiny little favor, but moderation remains key, says Dr. Joseph Hill, Chief of Cardiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

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Released: 13-Feb-2017 3:05 PM EST
A Theoretical Physicist Reassures the Lovelorn
Washington University in St. Louis

Here, in celebration of Valentine's Day, we present another of the paradoxes, sometimes called the Picky Suitor problem: Can you guess the odds that you will find your one and only among the 9 billion people on the planet?

Newswise: 94,000 Valentines From Around the World Help Spread Cheer at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
Released: 13-Feb-2017 2:05 PM EST
94,000 Valentines From Around the World Help Spread Cheer at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

It started as a simple request to send a sick child at the hospital a Valentine wish. But the response was more than anyone could have imagined.

Newswise: Love and War: Digitized Letters Preserve the Tale of a Texas Girl, Her Confederate Sweetheart and Their Secret Engagement
Released: 10-Feb-2017 12:15 PM EST
Love and War: Digitized Letters Preserve the Tale of a Texas Girl, Her Confederate Sweetheart and Their Secret Engagement
Baylor University

Feb. 14 was coming up quickly, and the two young lovers’ emotions were heating up the hundreds of miles between them. Their Civil War letters tell of their secret engagement during a tumultuous time in history.

Newswise: Want to 'Friend' an Old Flame on Facebook or Flirt Online? Social Media Researcher Says Think About Your Current Romantic Relationship First
Released: 9-Feb-2017 9:05 AM EST
Want to 'Friend' an Old Flame on Facebook or Flirt Online? Social Media Researcher Says Think About Your Current Romantic Relationship First
Kansas State University

One of the best gifts a person could give their significant other for Valentine's Day is a discussion on boundaries regarding social media, according to a researcher at Kansas State University.

Newswise: Romance and Wrangling as Valentine’s Day Nears: Here’s How to Handle Feuds with Your Partner
Released: 9-Feb-2017 5:05 AM EST
Romance and Wrangling as Valentine’s Day Nears: Here’s How to Handle Feuds with Your Partner
Baylor University

Fighting with your sweetie as Valentine’s Day approaches? Consider this as Cupid aims his bow and arrow yet again. “The most common thing that couples want from each other during a conflict is not an apology, but a willingness to give up power,” says Baylor University psychologist Keith Sanford, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience.

Released: 8-Feb-2017 2:05 PM EST
Four Relationship Tips to Sweeten Your Valentine’s Day From Chicago Booth's Behavioral Scientists
University of Chicago Booth School of Business

With Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s a good time to turn to behavioral science for some well-researched relationship advice. Here are a few findings, based on studies from the Center for Decision Research, that may help make your Valentine’s Day just a bit sweeter.

Newswise: Give Your Heart a Healthy Valentine’s Day Gift
Released: 8-Feb-2017 1:05 PM EST
Give Your Heart a Healthy Valentine’s Day Gift
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

While boxes of decadent chocolates treats, celebratory champagne and romantic high-calorie dinners may dance in your mind as a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, your heart may be pining for something else. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it is a great time to look at the state of your heart. “Despite recent progress, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States," said Dr. Sheila Sahni, interventional cardiology fellow at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Health Program. “Making heart healthy lifestyle choices and taking control of your cardiovascular risk factors can help prevent or slow the progression of heart disease.” Every day decisions are important to cardiovascular health, she adds, and Valentine’s Day is a good time to give yourself the gift of lifestyle changes that will benefit you through the year. Check out these tips.

Newswise: MWAH! Valentine’s Facts About Kissing
Released: 7-Feb-2017 4:05 PM EST
MWAH! Valentine’s Facts About Kissing
Texas A&M University

Shakespeare said our lips were made for kissing and if you ask Texas A&M University Professor of Anthropology Vaughn Bryant about it, he’ll tell you all you need to know and more about this age-old pastime.

Newswise: Valentine’s Day Means More Than Roses; UF/IFAS  Breeds, Suggests Other Plants to Give
Released: 6-Feb-2017 10:05 AM EST
Valentine’s Day Means More Than Roses; UF/IFAS Breeds, Suggests Other Plants to Give
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

A plant always makes for a nice gesture on Valentine’s Day, and University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers are breeding flora that may emit alluring aromas to your sweetheart.

Newswise: Breathe Easy as You Plan an Allergy- and Asthma-Free Valentine’s Day
Released: 25-Jan-2017 3:05 PM EST
Breathe Easy as You Plan an Allergy- and Asthma-Free Valentine’s Day
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

If you want to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day for your sweetheart, keep their allergies and asthma in mind.

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