ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Taking the Mystery Out of Hypnotherapy
Indigo Ointment Benefits Psoriasis Patients
The Zen Way to Pain Relief
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Safe Toys for Dogs
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Fractures in Older Adults Up Death Risk
Too Few Screened for Abdominal Aneurysm, Study Says
Many Americans Fall Short on Their Vitamin D
CANCER
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Yoga Eases Sleep Problems Among Cancer Survivors
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
CAREGIVING
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Help 'Preemie' Girls' Brains
Stressed Health Care Workers Battle 'Compassion Fatigue'
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
DIABETES
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Vitamin B12 Key to Aging Brain
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
Regular Yoga May Improve Eating Habits
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Rainy Areas in U.S. Show Higher Autism Rates
Pesticides on Produce Tied to ADHD in Children
U.S. Diet Needs Heart-Felt Overhaul
EYE CARE, VISION
Kids Think Glasses Make Others Look Smart, Honest
When Gauging Age, the Eyes Have It
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
FITNESS
FDA Mandates New Warnings for Botox
Marathoners Go the Distance on Heart Health
Exercise 30 Minutes a Day? Who Knew!
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
What you need to know about swine flu.
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
U.S. Prepares for Possible Return of Swine Flu in Fall
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Drinking Your Way to Health? Perhaps Not
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
Frequent Feedings May Be Making Babies Fat
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
SENIORS
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Soy May Not Lead to Denser Breasts
Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
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Natural Childbirth Moms More Attuned to Babies' Cry

THURSDAY, Sept. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Mothers who delivered their babies vaginally appear to be much more sensitive to the cry of their own child within a few weeks of the birth compared with those who deliver by Caesarean section, a new study shows.

The finding, published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, give researchers insight into why postpartum depression seems to be linked more often to Caesarean birth.

The researchers based their findings on MRI scans that show heightened activity in the sections of the brain thought to regulate emotions, motivation and habitual behaviors. They believe this may be because vaginal childbirth involves the release of oxytocin -- a key mediator of maternal behavior in animals -- from the posterior pituitary, uterine contractions and vagino-cervical stimulation.

The researchers also studied areas of the brain affected by delivery conditions and found ties between brain activity and measures of mood. This suggests that some of the same brain regions may help regulate postpartum mood.

"As more women opt to wait until they are older to have children, and by association be more likely to have a Caesarean-section delivery, these results are important, because they could provide better understanding of the basic neurophysiology and psychology of parent-infant attachment," lead author James Swain, of Yale University's Child Study Centre, said in a news release issued by the journal's publisher. "This work could lead to early detection of families at risk for postpartum depression and attachment problems and form a model for testing interventions."

Caesarean delivery, which occurs via incisions in the abdominal and uterine wall, is required at times to protect the health or survival of infant or mother. The procedure's use has increased in the United States dramatically, from 4.5 percent of all deliveries in 1965 to a recent high in 2006 of 29.1 percent.

More information

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has more about postpartum depression.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, news release, Sept. 3, 2008

Last Updated: Sept. 11, 2008

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