ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Traditional Chinese Therapy May Help Ease Eczema
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Backpack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists
CANCER
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
Scams and Shams That Prey on Cancer Patients
CAREGIVING
Hospital Practices Influence Which Moms Will Breast-Feed
Babies Born in High Pollen Months at Wheezing Risk
Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
DIABETES
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
DIET, NUTRITION
10 Beginner Tips for Fast Weight Loss, the Low-Carb Way!
Olive Oil May Be Key to Mediterranean Diet's Benefits
Diet, Exercise May Slow Kidney Disease Progression
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Air Pollution Exposure May Slow Fetal Growth
FDA Faulted for Stance on Chemical in Plastics
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
EYE CARE, VISION
Too Much Sun, Too Few Antioxidants Spell Eye Trouble
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe
Thyroid Problems Boost Glaucoma Risk
FITNESS
MRSA Infections Can Bug Fitness Buffs
When It Comes to Lifting, the Pros Have Your Back
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
'Organic' May Not Mean Healthier
When It Comes to Lifting, the Pros Have Your Back
U.S. Prepares for Possible Return of Swine Flu in Fall
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
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
Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
Protect Your Kids From Swine Flu While at Camp
MEN'S HEALTH
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
SENIORS
Friends, Not Grandkids, Key to Happy Retirement
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
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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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