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2011-12-08 11:24:00

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii, Dec 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Research studying the impact of postpartum depression on children's social and emotional development found that Oxytocin, a hormone associated with love and produced naturally, can help protect children from the negative effects of maternal depression. The study, presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual meeting, shows children born to depressed mothers are at greater risk of mental disorders, but this risk can...

2011-11-15 19:27:08

There´s definitely something to be said for first impressions. New research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests it can take just 20 seconds to detect whether a stranger is genetically inclined to being trustworthy, kind or compassionate. The findings reinforce that healthy humans are wired to recognize strangers who may help them out in a tough situation. They also pave the way for genetic therapies for people who are not innately sympathetic, researchers said....

2011-11-14 23:32:24

Scientists have discovered that a gene that influences empathy, parental sensitivity and sociability is so powerful that even strangers observing 20 seconds of silent video identified people with a particular genetic variation to be more caring and trusting. In the study, 23 romantic couples were videotaped while one of the partners described a time of suffering in their lives. The other half of the couple and their physical, non-verbal reactions were the focal point of the study. Groups...

2011-10-19 06:55:00

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Forget Viagra -- more and more couples are turning to a hormone called oxytocin to save their sex lives. A chemical that is released in the brain during moments of human bonding and is available in synthetic form over the counter, oxytocin is enjoying booming sales amid growing evidence that it facilitates a more stimulating, satisfying sex life. "When you can be with your mate for 30 or 40 minutes, and then go at it again after that,...

2011-09-14 12:18:38

UCLA life scientists have identified for the first time a particular gene's link to optimism, self-esteem and "mastery," the belief that one has control over one's own life – three critical psychological resources for coping well with stress and depression. "I have been looking for this gene for a few years, and it is not the gene I expected," said Shelley E. Taylor, a distinguished professor of psychology at UCLA and senior author of the new research. "I knew there had to be a gene...

2011-06-24 12:43:25

Prader-Willi syndrome is a rare genetic disorder which affects one child in 25,000. Children born with this syndrome have a range of complex neurological and developmental problems which continue into adult life. These can manifest as cognitive and behavioral difficulties, weight gain, problems in controlling their temper and attendant difficulties in socialization. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, demonstrates that the hormone...

2011-04-20 21:02:53

A new study from the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry finds that mothers who feed their babies breast milk exclusively, as opposed to formula, are more likely to bond emotionally with their child during the first few months after delivery. The breastfeeding mothers surveyed for the study showed greater responses to their infant's cry in brain regions related to caregiving behavior and empathy than mothers who relied upon formula as the baby's main food source. This is the first...

2011-04-06 11:52:12

All those salty snacks available at the local tavern might be doing more than increasing your thirst: They could also play a role in suppressing social anxiety. New research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) shows that elevated levels of sodium blunt the body's natural responses to stress by inhibiting stress hormones that would otherwise be activated in stressful situations. These hormones are located along the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which controls reactions to...

2011-03-17 06:45:00

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately six million American adults suffer from a diagnosable level of anxiety. "All of us worry about things like health, money, or family problems at one time or another. But people with generalized anxiety disorder are extremely worried about these and many other things, even when there is little or no reason to worry about them. They may be very anxious about just getting...

2010-12-23 06:40:00

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Dec. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- "My husband of thirty-five years passed away seven years ago, and I lost my daughter in a car accident last year, I honestly could no longer find the energy to smile or laugh," recounts sixty-year-old widow Opal Perry. "My son suggested I try a new hormone being touted to help with symptoms of depression, called oxytocin. After the second day I was driving and caught myself smiling in the mirror. I couldn't believe it. I had to do a double...


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Hypothalamus
2013-03-04 13:43:30

The hypothalamus is an organ that serves as an important link, along the hypothalamic-hypophyseal axis, between the nervous system and the endocrine system. It is located within the cranial cavity, in the cerebrum, right below the thalamus. It also forms the floor of the third ventricle in the brain. It contains neural pathways, blood vessels, glial cells, and secretory cells—all of which work together to control things like body temperature, hunger, thirst, sleep, and hormonal and...

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