ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Naprapathy: A Hands-On Approach to Pain Management
New Insights Show Ginseng Fights Inflammation
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Using a Balloon to Repair a Broken Back
Get in Step With Summer Foot Care
Scientists Discover How Osteoarthritis Destroys Cartilage
CANCER
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
Herb May Counter Liver Damage From Chemo
Breast Self-Exam Rates Go Up With Counseling
CAREGIVING
Timing May Matter in Organ Donation Decisions
Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior
Robots May Come to Aging Boomers' Rescue
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
DIABETES
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Added Sugars in Diet Threaten Heart Health
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
Pesticides and How to Affordably Eat Organic or Reduce Pesticide Consumption
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
FDA Faulted for Stance on Chemical in Plastics
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
Arsenic in Drinking Water Raises Diabetes Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact
Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
FITNESS
Weak Muscles May Cause 'Runner's Knee'
Basketball Star Details His Struggle With Gout
Higher Fitness Levels Tied to Lower Heart, Death Risks
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Hoping for a Happy Family Holiday? Here's How
Hidden Salt in Diet Haunts Many With Heart Failure
Hand-Washing Habits Still Need Improvement: Survey Says
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Pool Chemicals Raise Kids Allergy, Asthma Risk
Gene Variation Found in Boys With Delinquent Peers
Coconut Oil May Help Fight Childhood Pneumonia
MEN'S HEALTH
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
MENTAL HEALTH
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
The Unmedicated Mind
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
SENIORS
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Nighttime Urination Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Elderly
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
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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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