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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...

2010-11-29 18:37:51

Researchers have found that the naturally-occurring hormone and neurotransmitter oxytocin intensifies men's memories of their mother's affections during childhood. The study was published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers at the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai School of Medicine wanted to determine whether oxytocin, a hormone and neurotransmitter that is known to regulate attachment and social memory in animals, is also...

2010-11-15 16:33:06

Research has implications for relationships, addiction, psychiatric New human research suggests the chemical oxytocin "” dubbed the "cuddle hormone" because of its importance in bonding between romantic partners and mothers and children "” also influences feelings of well-being and sensitivity to advertising. Additional animal research shows that oxytocin may relieve stress and anxiety in social settings and may be more rewarding than cocaine to new mothers. The findings were...

2010-10-20 19:08:08

Warmer feelings toward babies linked to bigger mid-brains Motherhood may actually cause the brain to grow, not turn it into mush, as some have claimed. Exploratory research published by the American Psychological Association found that the brains of new mothers bulked up in areas linked to motivation and behavior, and that mothers who gushed the most about their babies showed the greatest growth in key parts of the mid-brain. Led by neuroscientist Pilyoung Kim, PhD, now with the National...

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2010-09-24 13:52:19

A new study suggests that a nasal spray containing oxytocin could cure shyness. Scientists found that the hormone oxytocin could help people who are shy overcome awkwardness in social situations. The chemical is known to increase empathy and bonding, especially parents and their children. However, researchers have now found it also improves the social skills of shy people. The finding could help those with severe social deficiencies, which is apparent in conditions like autism....

2010-09-21 21:04:04

Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found that the naturally-occurring hormone oxytocin selectively improves social cognitive abilities for less socially proficient individuals, but has little effect on those who are more socially proficient. The study was published today in Psychological Science. Researchers at the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Columbia University wanted to determine if oxytocin, popularly dubbed the...

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2010-08-30 13:37:35

A new test could help predict which women will have a natural birth or will need a Caesarean section.  Scientists found that when high levels of lactic acid are measured in the amniotic fluid, it is more likely the mother will need a Caesarean section. The test is already being administered in a number of European hospitals. Over half of the caesareans in the U.K. are emergency rather than elective procedures. Swedish company Obstecare helped developed the test with the help of...


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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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This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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