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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.

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).

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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