first_imgShare on Facebook Pinterest Share on Twitter Share LinkedIncenter_img Email New research published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine — the first of its kind — has shed light on the biological effects of experiencing a BDSM interaction.The findings provide preliminary evidence that power exchanges between consensual partners result in measurable changes in biomarkers related to reward and stress.“When starting medicine, I already knew my interests lay in psychiatry and sexuality in particular,” said Elise Wuyts, a psychiatrist in training at the University of Antwerp and the corresponding author of the new study. “The opportunity to help lessen stigma surrounding BDSM, which is widely-practiced and yet poorly understood, was something I could not turn down. The fact that this kind of study had never been done before made it even more fascinating.”In the study, 35 BDSM couples recruited through the website FetLife visited a sex club, where they were instructed to “play” with their partner for 30 to 90 minutes. The participants provided blood samples immediately before, immediately after, and 15 minutes after their play session. A separate group of 27 individuals not involved in BDSM visited a sports club and also provided three blood samples.The blood samples were then analyzed to measure various hormone levels.The researchers found that levels of cortisol increased in submissive BDSM partners — but not dominant partners — as a result of the play. The findings “confirm our hypothesis that a BDSM interaction seems to elicit a stress response from the body,” the researchers said.Among dominant partners, engaging in more power play was associated with greater increases in endocannabinoid levels. In submissive partners, however, different levels of power play were not associated with differences in any of the hormones. But the presence of pain play was associated with higher levels the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol in submissive partners.“It is a clear indication that a BDSM interaction in general, and pain experience within this interaction specifically, elicits a biological pleasure response in the submissive party. Dominants, on the other hand, seem to derive more pleasure from the aspect of power play and the control they have over the submissive person,” the researchers explained.“Even though the idea of including power imbalances and pain in (sexual) intimacy is something many people struggle with, enjoying these practices has a biological basis and could for instance be compared to the pleasurable high that long-distance runners experience,” Wuyts told PsyPost.“Because this is a pilot study, it is only scratching the surface of what can be said about the biology of BDSM. This is only one study of one BDSM sample population in Belgium. It would be interesting to see if the results can be reproduced with other cultures or larger sample sizes.”“The study we’ve conducted on exploring the biology of BDSM still has a lot of data left unexplored, so we’re hopeful more interesting results will come from it,” Wuyts said.The study, “Between Pleasure and Pain: A Pilot Study on the Biological Mechanisms Associated With BDSM Interactions in Dominants and Submissives“, was authored by Elise Wuyts, Nele De Neef, Violette Coppens, Erik Fransen, Eline Schellens, Maarten Van Der Pol, and Manuel Morrens.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu has been announced as the new venue for the Nigeria National League (NNL) Super Four(4) tournament to determine the 2018/2019 champions of Nigeria’s second-tier league.The tournament will be staged between Friday, 13 through Sunday, 15 September 2019.Adamawa United Football Club, Jigawa Golden Stars, Warri Wolves and Akwa Starlets are the four teams that will jostle for title Champions.All four Cubs have already secured promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the country’s elite league ahead of the 2019/2020 season.The teams are expected to arrive Enugu on Thursday, 12 September 2019.The Super Four will be competed on a knock out basis with fixtures set to be released by the NNL in the coming days.Relatedlast_img read more

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first_imgAntonio Brown (AP Photo/File)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Steelers trickled off the field in small groups, sweaty and a little spent from the first real day of football in nearly five months, even if it was just practice in shorts.Antonio Brown lingered, as happens whenever the All-Pro wide receiver has his No. 84 jersey pulled on. He spent 20 minutes helping linebacker Sean Spence with a series of stretches and sit-ups.Brown hardly looked like a guy ready to hold out for more money.The three-time Pro Bowler insisted Tuesday he has no plans to get into a contract showdown with the Steelers even after questions surfaced during the offseason about whether he would skip training camp in hopes of landing a raise.“I’ll be there at training camp so you guys get ready to see me,” Brown said with a smile.Brown led the NFL with 129 receptions and 1,698 yards in 2014, both team records. He has three seasons remaining on the six-year, $43 million deal he signed in 2012, one that looks like an absolute bargain for one of the league’s most productive players.All Brown has done over the last two years is catch 239 passes and 21 touchdowns while developing into one of the most dynamic open-field threats in the NFL. He is also the only receiver left on the Steelers from a group that included Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders.Pittsburgh offered Brown an extension in 2012 before letting Wallace and then Sanders walk in free agency. It appears to be one of the wisest investments in the league considering Brown will make less in 2015 than Wallace, Dwayne Bowe and Greg Jennings.Brown consistently brushed aside the idea that he’s underpaid, stressing the business-side of his career is up to his agent Drew Rosenhaus.“This organization has been nothing but first class to me, believing in my talent and my skills since I got here,” said Brown, taken in the sixth round of the 2010 draft. “And I’m just here to pay them back with my work ethic.”That has never been a question for Brown, who wore his game pants during the first two hours of spring practice, a habit he’s carried with him throughout his career.“This is a community that I love,” Brown said. “My kids go to school here and I want to keep a good reputation. Money is not important to me. I’ve got enough. The organization has extremely blessed me. I’m here to play football and that’s what I want to be known as.”Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger laughed at the idea of Brown _ a notorious workaholic _ missing a chance to work on his craft.“He doesn’t want … his teammates to think that he doesn’t want to be here,” Roethlisberger said. “Because he wants to be here for us. That’s what makes him special. We all believe that that is who he is.”Entering the middle of his prime while coming off a year in which the Steelers won the AFC North and finished second in total offense, the only numbers Brown is focused on are 2015, not the ones on his contract.“Every year I’ve got something to prove,” he said. “I’ve got guys here wanting to take my spots. I’ve got guys around the league trying to be better than me. I’ve got to stay hungry.”Not that testing Pittsburgh’s front office works anyway. The Steelers never re-negotiate contracts with multiple years on them for players other than their quarterbacks, and they even changed that tactic when they decided to not re-sign Roethlisberger until this spring when he had just season to go.NOTES: RB Le’Veon Bell said he doesn’t know when the NFL will hear the appeal of his three-game suspension following his arrest on marijuana and DUI charges last August. Bell added he is close to 100 percent after missing Pittsburgh’s playoff loss to Baltimore with a hyperextended knee in January. … S Mike Mitchell underwent offseason surgery to repair a torn groin that limited him for much of 2014. Mitchell there is still occasional pain but he expects it to dissipate going forward.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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first_imgFormer NBA player Allen Iverson, left, shows his jersey as he poses with entertainer Ice Cube after they announced the launch of the BIG3, a new 3-on-3 professional basketball league, in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Ice Cube has dreamed about seeing his favorite NBA players come out of retirement.Now, he’s going to make it happen. The rapper turned entertainment mogul is starting a 3-on-3 league for former professional basketball players.And one of his favorites, Allen Iverson, has signed on as a player/coach in Big3. The two were at a news conference Wednesday to introduce the new league.“As a fan I’m excited to see the guys I know who can still strap it up and play at a competitive, high level,” Ice Cube said. “I’m happy that I have the right people and partners to provide the stage for that.”Ice Cube partnered with entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz to start the league for former professional players over the age of 30. It is expected to start play on June 24 with Chauncey Billups, Rashard Lewis and Kenyon Martin among the former NBA stars already committed to the league. Gary Payton and George Gervin will serve as two of the coaches in the league.“We grew up watching these guys, some of them from high school, college through the pros. We see their ups and downs, win games and lose games, become part of our everyday life in a lot of ways,” Ice Cube said. “We look up one day and they’re gone, nowhere to be seen. It’s like losing a family friend or loved one or best friend. Someone you just really admire. I got my heroes, too.”Count Iverson among them.“Getting him to sign on was big,” Ice Cube said. “He still can play.”Iverson, who was enshrined in the Naismith Hall of Fame last year, was excited to be part of the new league.“When I got the call it was a no-brainer. It’s Ice Cube. You don’t turn that down,” Iverson said. “That’s success looking right into your eyes. I wanted to be a part of it.”Asked who he would most love to have on his team, the former MVP had an easy answer.“Shaq and Kobe, that’s a no-brainer,” Iverson said.The league will play its eight-game season on Saturdays in the summer — so far without Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.Each week’s contests will take place in a different city, with all eight teams playing. It will culminate in a two-week playoffs.The players will share revenues with teams earning more money based on how they finish in the standings.Teams will be comprised of five players and games will be played to 60 points. The league will also have a 4-point shot — a little deeper than the NBA 3-point line.There will be a draft combine in March with a draft set to take place soon after. To be eligible to play in the league you have to have played professionally — in the NBA, D-League or overseas.“I know a lot of my friends are going to hit me up on text to have me draft them,” Lewis said. “But it’s really a business, I have to act as a general manager as well and find the best four other guys for my team to do well.”Kwatinetz said that they are looking into potential sponsorships and television deals, and the cities haven’t been set.Ice Cube and Kwatinetz are hoping each weekend’s games will have the festive atmosphere of a Final Four or NBA All-Star Game, with other events that include kid clinics and halftime shows.Ice Cube laughed when asked whether he’d be performing.“I don’t know. Maybe if I’m feeling it. I don’t want this league to be about me. I’ll do everything I can to promote the league and get it rolling and then I want to fade to the back,” Ice Cube said. “Let these guys do what they do best. You know I might get down, you never know. I’m definitely not above it. I like to get down on stuff like this.”___Follow Doug on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dougfeinberglast_img read more

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first_imgBy Bonny Burrows Local band Before Time Fades has released its debut single, a fund-raiser for mental health support services….[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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