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Looking For Love? Facebook’s Dating App Is Now In Testing

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For those of you waiting to try and find love through your social network, the Facebook dating app is now being tested internally inside the company, according to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong. According to Techradar, Facebook has since confirmed a trial run is underway.

Screenshots captured by Wong seem to show a sign up screen where you can set your gender and location, as well as specify the sorts of people you’re interested in getting matched up with – all fairly standard for a dating app. Other options in the images seem to let you keep your normal Facebook profile and your dating Facebook profile separate.

Right now, some of Facebook’s staff in the US are putting the app through its paces, though it’s mainly to spot bugs and problems rather than set up any office romances, Facebook says. A public launch date still hasn’t been set.

How Facebook dating will work

The option to dip into dating will stay within Facebook and not appear as a separate app, the new screenshots would seem to confirm – though as we’ve said, those who want to activate the dating option will get a second profile to manage.

That should mean you can keep most of your embarrassing Facebook photos away from a potential match, at least until you’ve got to know each other a little better. If a mutual attraction is established, you and your virtual date can start messaging each other through WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.

The screens we’ve seen suggest Facebook is going for a more mature and serious dating experience than something like Tinder, though really, it’s down to the users themselves. The social network’s plans for a dating app were announced back in May.

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Researchers Explain What Getting Pimples Says About Your Health

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Your skin (including fingernails and hair) is a reflection of your health. According to a technique called ‘face mapping,’ various areas of the face reflect the health status of various internal organs.
“Face mapping is the ability to see the reflection of the body’s organs on each part of the face by observing the face’s complexion — such as luster, dullness, and color— as well as the tongue and face expression,” explains Chinese scholar and co-founder of the skincare line Baszicare Chapman Lee.
The practice of face mapping dates back several thousands of years, and is the product of (mainly) Chinese and Indian medical practitioners. The concept of face mapping has slightly evolved to include newer dermatological findings; though the central idea remains the same: where you’re breaking out is a reflection of what’s going on in your body.

HERE IS WHAT THE SIX AREAS OF YOUR FACE – AND THE PRESENCE OF ACNE REVEALS ABOUT YOUR HEALTH:
CHEEKS: According to face mappers, your cheek area is associated with lung function.
Medical conditions such as bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or some kind of respiratory failure, may present with acne around one or both cheeks. Heavy smokers are also more likely to develop skin problems around the cheek area. Taking care of allergies and avoiding smoking are two ways to clear up this area of the face.

CHIN AND MOUTH: The chin and mouth are related to the upper gastrointestinal tract. Skin problems in this area may be due to poor eating habits, e.g., overconsuming fast foods and processed foods. To keep breakouts from occurring in this area, consider eating a natural, fresh-foods-only diet. Also, make sure to get plenty of fiber, which helps ease digestion.
The chin area is associated with the kidneys – which contain the byproducts of metabolism – and the urinary tract (bladder, ureters, and urethra.) PMS symptoms often cause inflammation of the skin around the chin area, as well. Reducing your stress and toxins exposure is paramount to clearing up problems around these areas.

FOREHEAD – LOWER: Ancient schools of Chinese and Indian medicine taught that the lower forehead is connected to your mind and spirit. The surfacing of acne, pimples, and other blemishes may be due to prolonged bouts of anxiety and stress.
The area around your eyebrows is indicative of liver health. As such, acne here may indicate that you ingest too many harmful toxins (e.g., alcohol, fast food, nicotine.) Preventing acne requires elimination or moderation of toxin exposure and a fresh, low-fat diet.

FOREHEAD – UPPER: The area where your hairline begins and ends is the upper part of the forehead. Chinese and Indian medicine practitioners believe that this area is linked to the lower intestines, or lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Acne in this area may indicate problems with digestion.

Rectifying skin issues around the upper forehead requires the consumption of plenty of antioxidants (berries, green tea, lemon water, etc.). Also, make sure to eat foods that are rich in dietary fiber (artichokes, peas, beans, lentils).

NOSE: Skin areas around the nose can often be linked with the lungs and respiratory system. Also, oily skin and dehydration in this area may lead to blackheads and pimples.
Cardiovascular problems are also linked to skin health around this area. Try to limit your exposure to stress – and see if blemishes around your beak clear up (who knows, right?!)

Other ways to avoid breakouts around the nose is to eat a healthy, natural diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Make sure to wash your face using the appropriate type of wash for your skin type and sensitivity.

 

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FOR WOMEN: Semen May Actually Treat Depression In Women – New Research Says

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A psychology professor and his team at the University of Albany, have found out that the absorption of semen by the female body correlates with fewer symptoms of depression according to higherperspectives.com.

The team conducted anonymous surveys of 300 female students. Each participant completed a survey about her intimate activities including frequency of intercourse, last intercourse, and how regularly the participant uses condoms. Participants also completed the Beck Depression Inventory. The Beck Depression Inventory, or BDI, presents a person with 21 questions that gauge their level of depressive symptoms including:

  • Mood
  • Negative outlook
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Self-dislike
  • Social withdrawal
  • Difficulty functioning

Responders rate each question as it applies to them. The rating scale per question ranges from zero to three, three being the most intense experience of the symptom.

The total score can be as high as 63, higher scores again correlating to more severe depression. When the team compared participants’ BDI scores to their intimacy habits, answers about condom use stood out.

According to lead author Gordon Gallup, women who never used condoms in penetration scenarios showed significantly lower scores on the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) than their peers who always or usually had their partners wear protection.

In developing this conclusion, the team made a point of adjusting for potentially relevant variables such as: relationship status use of other contraceptive strategies frequency of partner intimacy.

Among all variables, condom use correlated with the most clinically significant difference in participants’ BDI scores. The research team believes that the correlation between condom use and depressive symptoms may result from the interaction of biological material.

Gallup theorizes that upon penetration, the female partner’s internal tissues absorb some of the fluids that the male partner produces. It is possible, the team suggests, that a woman’s mood and feeling state may change in response to this absorption.

The study’s sample size is relatively small and there are a number of unanswered questions surrounding the results. Still, Gallup and his colleagues believe that the connection between improved mood non-use of condoms warrants further investigation.

The team cautions women and their partners not to take these findings as a motivation or an excuse not to use condoms. Gallup has issued a statement to remind the public that protection from infectious diseases and the prevention of pregnancy should take precedence over an attempt to make use of these findings.

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New Sex Research: Semen May Actually Cure Depression/Stress In Women

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To add onto the many health benefits which come along with having sex, scientist have discovered that semen can help cure women’s depression. However, the said semen has to come from sex.

Recently, psychologists have found that a woman’s happiness levels and sleep quality could be attributed to the quantity of semen going into her body during sex. But before you toss those problematic condoms into the dustbin, here’s what you should know:

The research
A study from the State University of New York interviewed 300 women about their sexual behaviour. These women were asked to fill out an anonymous questionnaire that addressed various aspects of their sexual behaviour, including how often they had sexual intercourse, when they last had sex, and whether or not they used condoms.

What did they find?
According to the research results, the researchers found a strong relationship with the usage of condoms and the female level of depression. Females who engaged in sexual intercourse without the use of condoms exhibited significantly lower depression level when compared to those who usually or always used condoms.
The researchers took other factors into consideration, like whether or not a woman was on birth control or any other type of contraceptive, or if she was in a relationship. Only the usage of condoms seemed to be the only thing that really had a direct relationship to the woman’s mood.

How exactly does semen help?
The results of the research shows that the vagina absorbs a number of components of semen that can be detected in the bloodstream within a few hours after an intercourse.
There are six main compounds of interest in the seminal plasma (it is the fluid portion of semen) namely, cortisol, estrogen, prostaglandins, oxytocin, melatonin, and serotonin. Estrogen, oxytocin, and prostaglandins are linked to reducing the levels of stress and depression. The chemical oxytocin is said to trigger feelings of affection, which helps to promote social bonding. Melatonin is a sleep-inducing hormone and serotonin is regarded by science as the best known antidepressant neurotransmitter.

How could the benefits possibly outweigh the risks that unprotected sex holds for many people?
One of the golden rules we have learned from our childhood is, if you are going to have casual sex, you should always, ALWAYS, use protection. This is the obvious flaw in the research. Even though the researchers say that unprotected sex can reduce female depression and increase the quality of sleep, having dozens of kids and getting sexually transmitted diseases probably aren’t good for a woman’s mood or sleep schedule. Regardless of the findings, this study does not advocate that people should abstain from using condoms.
Therefore researchers only suggest this methodology if you’re a woman in a monogamous relationship and taking birth control (or if you’re planning to get pregnant). If you are someone who fall into the above said category, skipping the condom could do wonders for your mood.

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