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NEWS: “LOVE HORMONE” COULD HELP ANOREXICS LOVE THEMSELVES


“Love Hormone” Could Help Anorexics Love Themselves

Anorexia nervosa is a devastating, potentially deadlyeating disorder characterized by an unrealistic fear of weight gain, self-starvation, and conspicuous distortion of body image. Only about half of all anorexics make a good, long-term physical and social recovery, but researchers are hoping to improve this statistic with the help of the so-called love hormoneoxytocin. Anorexic patients dosed with oxytocin in two recent studies showed a reduced fixation on images of fattening foods, fat bodies, and negative emotions, suggesting the hormone may be able to help them overcome the obsessions that feed this disorder.More… Discuss

 

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STUDY: OXYTOCIN ALTERS SOCIAL BRAIN ACTIVITY IN AUTISTIC CHILDREN


Study: Oxytocin Alters Social Brain Activity in Autistic Children

Studies on the safety and effectiveness of oxytocin—informally referred to as the “love hormone” due to its role in emotional bonding—in treating autism have had mixed results, but a recent study of autistic children found that it alters activity in parts of the brain involved in social interactions and could enhance social function. Still, the findings are very preliminary, and experts caution parents of autistic children not to attempt to administer oxytocin to their children until more is known about its benefits and potential side effects.More… Discuss