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How viewing cute animals can help rekindle marital spark

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One of the well-known challenges of marriage is keeping the passion alive after years of partnership, as passions tend to cool even in very happy relationships. Psychological scientists have now developed an unconventional intervention for helping a marriage maintain its spark: pictures of puppies and bunnies.

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Frequent sexual activity can boost brain power in older adults

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More frequent sexual activity has been linked to improved brain function in older adults, according to a new study.

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How to open your heart when you are hurting

We have all been hurt, disappointed, let down, had our hearts broken. It is natural to retreat, to go into lockdown, to shut down our hearts in an attempt to protect ourselves. We want to feel happy, to open our heart and let more light in, but we just can’t. Rebecca Jackson looks at how

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Fairytale no more: when love turns to hatefully ever after

It’s often said that the opposite to love is not hate, it’s indifference. Why then are some of us so seemingly fickle in our ability to switch from love to hate in an instant? To understand hate, we must first (try to) understand love writes Rachael Sharman and Leanne Francia.

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Feeling anxious about that first date? Here’s how science can help

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Does anxiety keep getting in the way of you making connections with the people you’d like to spend more time with? Maybe you’ve just met someone, but are worried that your anxiety will ruin it all. People with anxiety can be highly self-critical, tend to overestimate the likelihood that something negative will happen, and often

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How to make your next sexual health check less, erm … awkward

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Many people find the idea of a sexual health check awkward or embarrassing. After all, it’s not every day someone you barely know asks you intimate details about your sex life or asks to examine your genitals. But sexual health checks don’t have to be awkward (and many don’t even involve us examining you), writes Deborah

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Let’s talk about sex over 60: condoms, casual partners and the ageing body

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Over the past few years we’ve seen a dramatic rise in the rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among Australians aged 60 years and older. Rates of gonorrhoea more than doubled in this age group between 2007 and 2011. Rates of chlamydia also rose significantly during this time, mirroring similar trends internationally.  STIs can be

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Fifty shades of erotica: how sex in literature went mainstream

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E L James’s Fifty Shades trilogy is a bona fide publishing, and now film, sensation. Along with e-reading devices, it has been the single most important contributor to the mainstreaming of erotic literature. The sheer number of parodies, both straight and gay, lend further evidence to the influence of the novels in pop culture. Whatever

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Podcast: Dating tips for over 50’s

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For those who find themselves in the world of dating over 50 things can get a little daunting. With Tinder, apps, open relationships and dealing with those just looking for a bit of fun it can all get a bit much. Is it true men over 50 only want to date younger women? Maybe or maybe

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Regular sex benefits your mental health

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Everyone has probably heard about the physical benefits of having sex (it helps the immune system, lowers blood pressure, burns calories). But are you aware of the long list of psychological benefits? Ryan Anderson, and David Mitchell, James Cook University reveal just how good it is for our mental health.

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