Matters of the heart ‑ Story ideas for Valentine's Day and Heart Month

Are your drinking habits contagious?

A Dalhousie research team’s 3-year study of 179 romantic couples suggests that if one partner binge drinks, their behaviour contributes to binge drinking in their romantic partner. By determining binge drinking habits of one partner in the romantic relationship, researchers have shown that you can predict the binge drinking habits of the other.

The study, which was conducted by Clinical Psychology PhD Student, Sara Bartel and supervised by Dr. Sherry Stewart and Dr. Simon Sherry, was recently published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Addictive Behaviors and can be found at:  

In sickness and in health

Caring for those we love often goes without saying, but what happens when you find yourself serving as a primary caregiver for a loved one dealing with a life-limiting illness? Dr. Brenda Sabo, Associate Director in Dalhousie’s School of Nursing, can discuss the impact  being a primary caregiver has on a relationship. Dr. Sabo can also provide strategies to improve this experience for both the caregiver and the patient.

Does living an active lifestyle as a couple benefit your relationship?

These days, especially during the cold winter months, it’s common for couples to stay in, snuggle up and binge watch movies or their favorite TV series, but is this good for your relationship? Dr. Laurene Rehman, Professor in Dalhousie’s Leisure Studies program can discuss the benefits of being physically active as a couple to your health and relationship. Dr. Rehman can also provide suggestions on active date ideas that aren’t centered around dinner, movies and chocolate.

Is Brushing your teeth is good for your heart?

Love can break your heart, but research shows that poor oral health is not good for it either. Without adequate brushing and flossing, the bacteria that live in our mouths can cause inflammation and infection of the gums. Left untreated, this inflammation can damage other blood vessels in the body, including the heart. Members in our Faculty of Dentistry can explain evidence that links gum disease with heart disease and talk about what you can do to keep your mouth healthy.

Is chocolate good for your teeth?

Chocolate could cease to be a guilty pleasure, at least as far as your teeth are concerned. Research has shown that some of the ingredients in chocolate may have the potential to fight against cavities and lower the risk of tooth decay. There is even a toothpaste that contains a compound found in chocolate. How do these ingredients work and what types of chocolate are best for your teeth? Dr. Pierre-Luc Michaud, an assistant professor in the Dalhousie Faculty of Dentistry, will explain.