Expert Alert - Love and affection scientifically explained - Valentine's Day 2012

OTTAWA, Feb. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Everybody would agree that feeling appreciated and loved is good for you, benefiting both your body and soul. Whether those expressions of affection come from a romantic partner, family member, colleague, or neighbor, they positively impact our health. This Valentine's Day, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research gathered experts to demystify the scientific basis behind those benefits.

Why do we need to feel loved? The following CIHR experts are available to discuss various aspects of love and affection, all with a scientific twist.

Experts:

Why does feeling loved lead to a healthier mind - scientific explanation
Dr. Hymie Anisman, CIHR-funded researcher (Ottawa, Ontario)

Visit grandma this Valentine's Day… and send her a text message as well - Healthy aging and social media interactions
Dr. Wendy Young, CIHR-funded researcher (St-John's, Newfoundland)

Loving parents - for happier and more peaceful children
Dr. Françoise Maheu, CIHR-funded researcher (Montreal, Quebec)

Show the love - possible soothing effects of public displays of affection
Dr. Karen L. Blair, CIHR-funded researcher (Kingston, Ontario)

Teenagers valued by their peers - research demonstrates positive influence on well-being
Dr. R. Mara Brendgen, CIHR-funded researcher (Montreal, Quebec

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research

For further information:

To schedule an interview, please contact: 
David Coulombe
CIHR Media Specialist
Office: 613- 941-4563
Cellphone: 613-808-7526
Fax: 613- 954-6653
E-mail: mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca


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