Love hurts. It sounds like a cliche, but new research suggests it might literally be true. Rejection by a romantic partner during a breakup activates regions of the brain associated with physical pain, according to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study.
“Rejection literally hurts,” researcher Edward Smith, a cognitive neuroscientist at Columbia University, told LiveScience.
People have long described the sadness over a lost love or a romantic breakup in much the same way, using words like “pain” and “hurt.” They often sounded as though they’re speaking interchangeably about mental anguish and physical suffering — making scientists wonder whether the two feelings might be triggering the same areas of the brain. Read more… Keep reading »
Women feel like they’re getting old when they’re a mere 29, while men don’t feel their age until they’re 58, according to a new study.
A quarter of women surveyed said they felt like they were over-the-hill when they found their first gray hairs, while men said age didn’t sink in with them until their sex lives were affected, the Daily Mail reported.
The poll, done by funeral company Avalon Funeral Plans, also found that 10 percent of women said their true age hit them when their skin lost its youthful glow. Another 50 percent said they felt old when their “assets” started to give after childbirth and breastfeeding. Read more… Keep reading »
Too much of a good thing can kill you.
Short spurts of strenuous physical activity, like having sex or going for a run, can dramatically raise the risk of life-threatening heart problems in older people, new research shows. The chance is even greater among those who don’t exercise regularly.
The study, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, relied on data from 14 prior papers examining the relationship between sex, exercise and heart attack or sudden cardiac death. Read more… Keep reading »