ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
Acupuncture Eases Side Effects of Head, Neck Cancer Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Returning to the Road Tricky After Injury
Scientists ID New Genes Tied to Crohn's Disease
Weight Loss Might Not Curb Knee Arthritis
CANCER
Get to Know the Pap Test
Gene Screen May Predict Colon Cancer's Return
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
CAREGIVING
Child's Food Allergies Take Toll on Family Plans
U.S. Mental Health Spending Rises, But Many Still Left Out
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
DENTAL, ORAL
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
DIABETES
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
DIET, NUTRITION
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels
Caffeine May Offer Some Skin Cancer Protection
Quick Weight Loss May Be Best for Long-Term Success
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Old-Growth Forests Dying Off in U.S. West
1976 Italian Dioxin Release Damaged Babies' Thyroids
Is It Safe to Go in the Gulf Coast's Water?
EYE CARE, VISION
Contact Lens Cases Often Contaminated
Protein Might One Day Prevent Blindness
Eye Problems, Hearing Loss May Be Linked
FITNESS
Moderate Aerobic Exercise Lowers Diabetics' Liver Fat
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
Exercise Guards White Blood Cells Against Aging
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Cocaine Spurs Long-Term Change in Brain Chemistry
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
MEN'S HEALTH
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
SENIORS
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Healthy Diet Could Cut Alzheimer's Disease Risk
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Soy May Not Lead to Denser Breasts
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Love Hormone May Ease Discussion of Painful Topics

MONDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) -- Oxytocin may help make it easier for couples to discuss difficult issues, a Swiss study suggests.

Couples in the study were given oxytocin ("the love hormone") or a placebo intranasally before they had a conflict discussion in the laboratory. Compared to participants who received the placebo, those who were given oxytocin communicated more positively and had lower stress levels.

The study, published in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry, is the first to evaluate real-time natural couple behavior in the laboratory, noted study author Beate Ditzen.

"[Oxytocin] might help us to pronounce the effects of standard treatment, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, by possibly making the benefits of social interaction more accessible to the individual. But it probably will not replace these standard treatments," Ditzen said in a journal news release.

The researchers said their findings don't indicate that oxytocin should be used as a treatment itself, and noted that the effects of repeated administration of oxytocin haven't been studied in humans.

"We are just beginning to understand the powerful effects of hormones and chemicals released by the body in the context of important social interactions," commented Dr. John Krystal, the editor of Biological Psychiatry. "As this knowledge grows, the question of how to best use our developing capacities to pharmacologically alter social processes will become an important question to explore."

More information

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy has more about marital distress.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Biological Psychiatry, news release, April 2009

Last Updated: May 18, 2009

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