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Why Is Dad So Hormonal When Mom Is the Pregnant One?

October 21, 2011 Uncategorized Comments Off

Mom is pregnant but dad is having cravings. She has every reason to be cranky, irritable, and hormonal considering the fluctuation in her hormones, but he’s the one that’s acting pregnant. Recent research reveals that even though mom may be pregnant, fathers-to-be also experience significant hormonal changes.

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Oxytocin for iPad?

October 11, 2011 Oxytocin and Sex, Oxytocin In The News, Uncategorized Comments Off

The Daily, “the first daily news, entertainment and sports publication created and designed from scratch for your iPad,” published an article yesterday about oxytocin and its effects on our relationships.

The US-based publication that covers events around the world, reported that more and more couples are turning to a hormone called oxytocin to save their sex lives.

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Oxytocin Is Double-Edged in Helping Treat Addictions

September 22, 2011 Oxytocin And Anxiety, Oxytocin In The News, Uncategorized Comments Off

In the same intense way people bond with other people, they can also bond with drugs, and oxytocin plays a surprising role in both processes. It can promote addictions as well as hamper them, researchers say.

 Oxytocin’s well-known role in decreasing social distance can actually nudge someone toward using drugs by lowering their inhibitions to trying them, says Jim Pfaus, Ph.D., a psychologist at Concordia University in Montreal.

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Oxytocin Eases Stress and Anxiety, Research Says

September 16, 2011 Oxytocin and Depression, Oxytocin In The News, Uncategorized Comments Off

Wouldn’t it be great to have an antidote to stress and anxiety? Given oxytocin’s power to reinforce feelings of safety and trust, scientists are increasingly finding it’s one of the most relevant neurochemicals for stress relief, particularly in social settings.

The oxytocin response can also prime the brain to react more calmly to future stress just by thinking of those we love, scientists say. According to researcher Phil Shaver of the University of California-Davis, the chemical release in the brain that this simple action causes acts as a stress buffer before it even occurs. 

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Oxytocin’s Effect on Sleepiness Likely Tied to Mixing with Other Chemicals, Researchers Say

 It’s well-known that sex can make people sleepy. So can melatonin, a hormone available in pill form that helps regulate sleep-wake cycles. But where does oxytocin fit into this? Scientists are still figuring that out, though oxytocin seems to combine with other chemicals and situations to bring on the zzzz’s more quickly.

Assessing the influence of oxytocin on the sleep pattern of male rats, German researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry reported that oxytocin released in the brain under stress-free conditions naturally promotes sleep. Their study, published in July 2003 in the journal Regulatory Peptides, used an oxytocin “agonist” – a drug that binds to cells to produce a certain response – to determine that natural oxytocin produced in the brain brings on sleep.

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Possible Role of Oxytocin in Fighting Cancer

August 23, 2011 Oxytocin In The News, Uncategorized Comments Off

A recent article published in Medicinal Chemistry Communications by researchers from The Australian National University sheds light on the possible role that Oxytocin may have in helping fight cancer.

“This is very exciting news.” says Dr. Luis Martinez, an Integrative Medicine Specialist and Oxytocin Researcher. “We are slowly discovering how certain peptide imbalances may cause cancer, asthma and inflammatory conditions. What’s  more exciting is the fact that we might be able to use oxytocin to help modulate and restore these imbalances.” … Continue Reading

Oxytocin Peaks at Orgasm and Also Peaks Perception of Pleasure in Sex, Studies Say

Good sex includes (at least) three parts: the buildup, the peak and the afterglow, and oxytocin is one of the few neuropeptides that is part of all, bringing home pleasure before, during and after.

In fact, oxytocin plays a highly prominent part in sex, a role that has been researched since at least the 1980s when a benchmark study showed blood plasma levels rose in both genders during arousal and were markedly higher during climax than prior baseline levels.

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