Women with Low Postpartum Oxytocin Levels Had Poor Bonding with Their Mothers and May Struggle to Bond with Their Babies

Women with Low Postpartum Oxytocin Levels Had Poor Bonding with Their Mothers and May Struggle to Bond with Their Babies

A new study by Valsamma Eapen and colleagues from University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia found that women with low oxytocin levels in the postpartum have a history of bad mother-to-daughter bonding. The study is perhaps the first to show that women with reduced levels of oxytocin in the postpartum have higher subjective ratings […]

New Evidence Indicates that Oxytocin Deficiency May Represent a Biomarker of Anxiety in Children

New Evidence Indicates that Oxytocin Deficiency May Represent a Biomarker of Anxiety in Children

A study by Karen Parker and her research team from the Stanford University School of Medicine links low levels of oxytocin with anxiety in children. Recent evidence indicates that oxytocin is an anxiolytic hormone, as it decreases the release of stress hormones, while oxytocin imbalances have been associated with both anxiety (HJ Lee et al., […]

Newly-Identified Prefrontal Cortex Oxytocin-Responsive Neurons Suggested As Key Regulators of Female Social & Sexual Behavior

Newly-Identified Prefrontal Cortex Oxytocin-Responsive Neurons Suggested As Key Regulators of Female Social & Sexual Behavior

A recent publication in the journal Cell reveals the discovery of a population of somatostatin positive, regular spiking interneurons that express the oxytocin receptor that are involved in the regulation of female social behavior in mice, highlighting the prefrontal cortex role in sexual behaviors. The ‘love hormone’ oxytocin contributes to social and sex behaviors in […]

Deficit of Oxytocin in Women with Major Depression

Deficit of Oxytocin in Women with Major Depression

A new study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research extends the results of two previous studies and provides evidence that oxytocin levels are low in women with depression, including patients with psychotic major depression (PMD), who typically exhibit greater depressive severity. The neuropeptide oxytocin has been implicated in many aspects of reproductive and social […]

Oxytocin & vasopressin and human emotional and behavioral systems

Oxytocin & vasopressin and human emotional and behavioral systems

A study, published on June 12, 2012, in PLoS One, provides perhaps the first evidence that oxytocin and arginine vasopressin are both dysregulated in Williams Syndrome. Human emotion and social behavior are linked to neuroendocrine function, and two hypothalamic neuropeptides, oxytocin (OT) and arginine vasopressin (AVP) appear to regulate reproduction, social behaviors and emotionality in […]

Oxytocin and Williams Syndrome: Exploring Neurobiology of Social Behavior

Oxytocin and Williams Syndrome: Exploring Neurobiology of Social Behavior

Commentary on the study by Li Dai et al., PLoS One. 2012;7(6):e38513 Oxytocin and Vasopressin Are Dysregulated in Williams Syndrome, a Genetic Disorder Affecting Social Behavior Quote from the original paper’s abstract “Results revealed significantly higher median levels of oxytocin (OT) in Williams syndrome (WS) versus controls at baseline, with a less marked increase in arginine […]

Oxytocin Increases Generosity and Charitable Donations

Oxytocin Increases Generosity and Charitable Donations

Some of the prosocial effects of oxytocin (OT) such as trust, emotional empathy and socially reinforced learning are well-known, but a recent study published in the Hormones and Behavior journal is perhaps the first one to show that OT also increases generosity. Oxytocin (OT) is a nine amino acid neuropeptide, discovered by Sir Henry Dale […]

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ASIA India Hannah Priyanka, Uday Pundir * aging lymphoid organs * Srinivasan ThyagaRajan * aging lymphoid organs * neural meshwork lymphoid organs * Japan T Abo, T Kawamura, C Tomiyama-Miyaji , M Watanabe * nervous system & leukocyte traffic * Akira Hashiramoto, Toshihiko Katafuchi * stress tuberculosis & Ishigami 1918 * Saudi Arabia Samer El-Kaissi * […]

2015 Bringing Some Major Advances in Neuroendocrine Immunology

2015 Bringing Some Major Advances in Neuroendocrine Immunology

Editorial In 2003, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, USA, launched the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, marking the renaissance in interdisciplinary research, and outlining new perspectives of cutting-edge 21st century work that crosses disciplines. The ‘interdisciplinary research’, as per the Roadmap, was defined as “integrating the analytical strengths of two or more […]

New Function for Prolactin: Involvement in Sexual Behavior, Pair-Bonding and Infant Care

New Function for Prolactin: Involvement in Sexual Behavior, Pair-Bonding and Infant Care

Prolactin is well-known for its role in stimulating milk production in nursing mothers but a new study published in the online journal PLoS One identifies a previously unrecognized function of this hormone – its contribution to sexual behavior and pair-bonding. The study used cotton-top tamarins, a socially-monogamous, small monkey native to Colombia that live in […]

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