ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Garlic Yields Up Its Health Secret
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Many Americans Fall Short on Their Vitamin D
For All Their Plusses, Pets Pose a Risk for Falls, Too
Extra Pounds in Mid-Life Affect Later Mobility
CANCER
Vitamin E, Selenium and Soy Won't Prevent Prostate Cancer
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
Immune Therapy May Aid Kids With Neuroblastoma
CAREGIVING
Few Hospitals Embracing Electronic Health Record Systems
Caregiving May Lengthen Life
Flu Strikes a Milder Blow This Season
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
COSMETIC
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
DIABETES
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
DIET, NUTRITION
Six Healthy-Sounding Foods That Really Aren't
Fruits, Vegetables, Teas May Cut Smokers' Cancer Risk
Go Healthy, Not Hungry for Holiday Eating
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Greener Neighborhoods Mean Slimmer Children
Meat-Eating Dinosaurs Used Legs and Arms Like Birds
Short-Term Air Pollution Exposure May Damage DNA
EYE CARE, VISION
Poor Night Vision May Predict Age-Related Eye Disease
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe
When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes
FITNESS
MRSA Infections Can Bug Fitness Buffs
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
Run for Your Life
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
Spread of Swine Flu in Japan Could Raise WHO Alert to Highest Level
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Shedding Light on Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help the Heart
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
Fructose Boosts Blood Pressure, Studies Find
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Working Intensely Early on May Help Autistic Kids
Boosting Kids' Stroke IQ May Save Lives
Too Many Infants Short on Vitamin D
MEN'S HEALTH
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
SENIORS
Friends, Not Grandkids, Key to Happy Retirement
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
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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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