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2009-05-04 20:53:48

Swiss researchers say the so called love hormone -- oxytocin -- eases conflict stress. The study, published in Biological Psychiatry, evaluated how real-time behavior in couples was affected by exposure to either oxytocin or a placebo. The researchers recruited adult couples who received oxytocin or placebo intranasally -- within the nose. The couples then engaged in conflict discussion while in the laboratory. The researchers find oxytocin increased positive communications more than a...

2009-04-30 08:33:30

Relationships are difficult and most of us probably think at some point that communicating positively with our partner when discussing stressful issues, like home finances, is an impossible task. What if there was a safe way to take the "edge" off these discussions? The biology of human social relationships is just beginning to emerge as groundbreaking research on social cognition conducted in animals is now informing research in humans. In its May 1st issue, Biological Psychiatry, published...

2009-02-14 06:45:00

Researchers have found that kissing unleashes chemicals that ease stress hormones in both sexes and encourages bonding in men, though not so much in women, according to the Associated Press. Wendy Hill, a professor of neuroscience at Lafayette College, told a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Friday that chemicals in the saliva might be a way to assess a mate. A study involving pairs of heterosexual college students who kissed for 15 minutes while listening...

2009-02-12 07:00:00

According to Bianca Acevedo, a New York neuroscientist, love is in the head and not the heart. Acevedo is part a new field in science that seeks to biologically explain love, and so far they have found that love is mostly understood through hormones, genetics, and brain images, according to a report from the Associated Press. "It has a biological basis. We know some of the key players," said Larry Young of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, where he searches for clues as to what...

2009-01-26 10:32:16

Mothers who breastfeed are less likely to neglect their children, said a Baylor College of Medicine researcher in a report that appears online in the journal Pediatrics today. Although many factors are associated with maternal neglect, this study provides new evidence that breastfeeding may have a protective effect, said Dr. Lane Strathearn, assistant professor of pediatrics at BCM and Texas Children's Hospital and the senior author on the study.Strengthening bond "Promoting breastfeeding may...

2009-01-12 09:24:54

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have solved the mystery surrounding a "rogue protein" that plays a role in the release of neurotransmitters and hormones in the brain. The scientists found abundant amounts of the puzzling protein "” whose main location and function were unknown until now "” in a specific area of the pituitary gland. Like someone at a control knob, the protein may adjust the release of the two hormones that come almost exclusively from the posterior...

2009-01-09 08:29:10

People with autism or other conditions that impact social skills might benefit from new research on hormones.  Scientists say the hormone oxytocin can boost the ability of humans to recognize faces.Swiss and U.S. researchers decided to study oxytocin because the hormone, which is known to play a role in childbirth and breastfeeding, has been shown to influence social recognition in mice. In this study, they administered a single dose of either oxytocin or a placebo to study participants...

2009-01-08 06:45:00

Having trouble with your marriage? Take a pill!  Believe it or not, this could happen, says the researcher who is examining the chemical composition of love.Larry Young states that his ultimate goal is not a love potion but hopes to find information on conditions like autism, which limits the natural ability to create social attachments, by investigating brain chemicals connected to emotional attachment."Biologists may soon be able to reduce certain mental states associated with love to...

2009-01-07 11:37:12

Swiss researchers said on Tuesday, that the "love" hormone linked to feelings of sexual pleasure, bonding and maternal care also appears to help us recognize familiar faces. Peter Klaver of the University of Zurich and colleagues reported that men given oxytocin more accurately recalled images of familiar faces but the hormone did not help them recognize inanimate objects. Researchers said the hormone somehow strengthens the brain's neural networks involved in social memory and may have...

2008-11-24 09:15:36

New insight into what happens to the uterus muscles during pregnancy may offer a therapy for preterm labor, the most serious complication of pregnancy in developing countries. During pregnancy, the muscles in the uterus are relatively inactive. When a woman goes into labor, the body is activated to produce strong contractions. Researchers at Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, N.H., have uncovered new information about the priming of uterine muscles for contraction. They say prostacyclin, a...

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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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