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Duke University Study Reveals Sex Could Be The Key To Spirituality

Shaking hands with lovers boosts oxytocin and connects us to the spiritual world. 

It looks like the moments that make our toes curl could also open the door to the spirit world, a recent study has shown.

A study from Duke University's Interdisciplinary and Behavioral Research Center tested a group of men with oxytocin and another with placebo to determine just where the “love hormone” can take the mind. Previous studies show the hormone increases uterine motility (i.e., childbirth) and social bonding. After a week of the taking the hormone, the oxytocin group discovered a "greater sense of spirituality" and an understanding of life and its purpose. Many of the participants weren't interested in faith or religion beforehand. In other words, a little loving goes a long way, even to church.

“Spirituality and meditation have each been linked to health and well-being in previous research,” social psychologist Patty Van Cappellen. “We were interested in understanding biological factors that may enhance those spiritual experiences. Oxytocin appears to be part of the way our bodies support spiritual beliefs.”

The idea of spirituality is broad, which Van Cappellen reminded participants and researchers. “Spirituality is complex and affected by many factors,” Van Cappellen explained. “However, oxytocin does seem to affect how we perceive the world and what we believe.”

Study subjects also discussed their thoughts on guided meditation. The men who took oxytocin said they experienced positive emotions like love, awe, serenity and hope in the exercise. Those who have the gene CD38, that controls the release of oxytocin to the brain, had a stronger understanding of both meditation and spirituality.

Oxytocin's effects on women haven't been studied as of yet.

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Oprah Winfrey Announces $10 Million Donation To COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Oprah Winfrey is donating $10 million to aid in relief efforts to help Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, the billionaire announced on Thursday (April 2). The donation will help residents in cities around the country, including areas where Winfrey grew up.

In addition to her donation, Winfrey directed fans to a free Apple TV+ episode of Oprah Talks discussing how we can “mindfully move through a crisis while holding onto ourselves and our humanity.”

“I am donating $10 million overall to help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up,” Winfrey tweeted.

I am donating $10 million overall to help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up. For more on this Fund and how everyone can be of service, watch this free AppleTV+ conversation here: https://t.co/n7L6drnpcV

— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 2, 2020

One million dollars of the donation will go to America’s Food Fund, which is a GoFundMe campaign launched by Leonardo DiCaprio and Laurene Powell Jobs in connection with Feeding America. The campaign aides the most vulnerable communities around the country.

In additional tweets, Winfrey added that America’s Food Fund will be “a powerful way to make a difference for our neighbors.”

“I hope you all will join me, I know everybody can’t donate a million dollars but I feel like this is the central place to go if you really want to do something,” Winfrey said in a video call with Chef Jose Andres and Feeding America CEO Calir Babineaux-Fonenot.

The campaign has so far raised more than $12 million of its $15 million goal.

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Rapper Tekashi69, real name Daniel Hernandez and also known as 6ix9ine, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Tekashi 69, leaves after his arraignment on assault charges in County Criminal Court #1 at the Harris County Courthouse on August 22, 2018 in Houston, Texas.
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Tekashi 6ix9ine Released From Prison Early Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

After pleading for an early release due to the threat of coronavirus,  Tekashi 6ix9ine’s request was officially granted. The 23-year-old rapper was freed from custody on Thursday (April 2) and will serve out the remainder of his two-year sentence at home, the New York Times reports.

The Brooklyn native, who was reportedly being housed at the Queens Detention Facility, was expected to be go free in August. In January, Tekashi’s legal team filed for an early release claiming that he feared for his life behind bars, but the request was denied. After the pandemic hit, Tekashi’s lawyers filed a new motion, arguing that his asthma put him further at risk of catching COVID-19, which is a respiratory illness. The motion was initially denied by Judge Paul Engelmayer because of a discrepancy over the proper channels of filing for his release. In the end, Judge Engelmayer approved the request.

“Had the Court known that sentencing Mr. Hernandez to serve the final four months of his terms in a federal prison would have exposed him to a heightened health risk, the Court would have directed that these four months be served instead in home confinement,” Judge Engelmayer wrote in his decision per the NYT.

New York currently tops the list for COVID-19 in the U.S. with at least 83,948 confirmed cases as of Thursday, 6,142 recoveries and 1,941 deaths.

Tekashi, whose both name is Daniel Hernandez, was sentenced to two years after testifying against members of the Nine Trey Bloods gang of which he was reportedly affiliated. His lawyer, Lance Lazarro, said Thursday that he has “no intentions” of entering witness protection and “hopes to resume his career.”

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Cardi B Assures Fans She Doesn't Have Coronavirus After Hospitalization

Cardi B has clarified her recent hospitalization had nothing to do with the current coronavirus outbreak.

The rapper took to Instagram Live to clear up the rumors after she shared a photo of her with an identity band from a hospital. “I’ve been very f***ing sick these past five days–not corona,” she said Thursday (April 2). “I have really bad stomach issues. I started throwing up; I took a pregnancy test cuz a b***h never f***ing knows.”

As she tried to find out what was wrong, fans went into a frenzy with claims of coronavirus. “I threw up seven times," she said. "I didn’t want to go to the hospital, I went to the hospital. I was sick and [press] ran with it, then my publicist hit me up and it ain’t nothing coronavirus-related, thank God!”

The possible stomachache may be connected to the singer's first world problems of finding a perfect chef. “I don’t have nobody to cook for me. I hired a chef two times and they were nasty and expensive,” she said.

In lighter news, the rapper confirmed proceeds of her viral "Coronavirus" track will benefit those in need during the COVID-19 outbreak.

"Yes! That's what [we're] going to do!" Cardi B tweeted last week. "Keep in mind you don’t get your money right away...but even months from now there would be families with financial issues for getting laid off due to the virus. We will donate!"

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