A daily round-up of the hottest news, trends and advice about love, sex, relationships and dating.
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Why Men Are Sloppy Kissers

We know that locking lips causes an upswing in oxytocin and cortisol (which create feelings of bonding and relaxing, respectively) and now scientists think the testosterone in spit is what causes us to want to rip our clothes off. Wait? There's testosterone in spit? Apparently, yes. In fact, the testosterone in saliva, Helen Fisher, a Rutgers University anthropologist explains, is why men inherently like sloppier kisses. They are in essence "unconsciously trying to transfer testosterone to stimulate sex drive in women." In one poll, she adds, nearly 60% of men and 70% women said a rotten first kiss can kill a relationship.

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Is Your Bedroom Sex-Ready?

As Susan Quilliam, editor of the newly revised The Joy of Sex, reported in her native UK last week, financial uncertainty increases a desire for the comfort of skin-on-skin contact. A recent survey of 20,000 Brits revealed sex to be their favorite low-cost activity. But the recession aphrodisiac could peeter out the deeper into the economic crisis we go, Quilliam reasons, as anxiety kills rather than fuels the mood. That means, you best get your bedroom good and sexorated before too long. Enter Michael Shnayerson, veteran journalist and Vanity Fair contributor, who's culled together some dos and don'ts for decorating one's bedroom with sex in mind.

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13-Year-Old Boy Becomes Father

In a classic, made for Maury tale, Alfie (just 12 at the time) impregnated Chantelle, then helped her hide the pregnancy until her mom noticed her bump. The parents of these two baby-having babies came together to support the scenario, and are allowing the pair to have sleepovers as they struggle to raise their infant. Alfie's dad notes that the kid still seems completely confused by the situation, which makes total sense BECAUSE HE IS ONLY THIRTEEN. Dad says, "I will talk to him again and it will be the birds and the bees talk. Some may say it's too late but he needs to understand so there is not another baby."

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Octuplet Mom Receives Threats

Nadya Suleman, newly made mother of 14 children, is a news story that won't quit. The Associated Press reports "Suleman has been supporting her six other children with $490 a month in food stamps and receives Social Security disability payments for three of the youngsters that could total $2,379 a month." Her octuplets, who were born prematurely on January 26 and remain in the hospital, are racking up further expenses. The AP says the cost of raising 14 children as a single mother in California lies somewhere between $1.3 to $2.7 million. Taxpayers—perhaps those struggling to pay their own family's expenses in a recession—are angry.

25 Ways To Say "I Love You" Without Words

25 Ways To Say "I Love You" Without Words

The Frisky recently posted a list of ways to say "I love you" without using the "L" word. Our favorites are number 2: Stock your fridge with his favorite beer; number 3: Carve his name into a tree; and number 14: Let him see you cry. Check out the full list here. In addition to the above we'd like to add our own.

WebMD Explores Falling In Love

WebMD Explores Falling In Love

When we start to crush, why do our appetites vanish? And why is four hours of sleep just fine? Limerence, coined in the 1970s by Dorothy Tennov is the rose-colored lenses part of a relationship, where dopamine skyrockets, similar to being on cocaine. study in Italy also proved that being in love raises women's testosterone levels and lowers a man's. If we're lucky, our crush then flattens into a nice, comfortable groove of commitment. While not as exciting as the roller coaster first stage, the feeling of comfortable companionship is also dominated by hormones. While bonding oxytocin, the brains trusting maternal hormone, is released. Oxytocin makes us crave spooning, breakfast bed, and maybe even marriage, pets and children.

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Morning Breath: A Turn-On?

Anyone who's been in love, lust or a variation of the sort knows about becoming attached to a scent. Tommy Hilfiger cologne, Old Spice deodorant with a hint of sweat, and Trident gum all come to mind. The funky side of this olfactory attraction is when the reminding scent happens to be an unpleasant one. Armpits, for example, are not famously sweet smelling. Yet, nestling into a man's nook and inhaling a mix of his natural body odor (likely with a trace of deodorant) can be oddly comforting, erotic or both. The same goes for morning breath.

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Bitter Valentine's Day Hater, We Feel Your Pain

Does the sight of roses make you wish you were a cutter? (Those thorns have to be good for something.) Do you wish cupid would aim his arrow directly at his brain? Do wistfully wonder why chocolate isn't as poisonous to humans as it is to dogs? We get it: you hate Valentine's Day. But we don't hate you, dear cynic, so we've compiled a list that should warm your black, black heart.