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Medical News Today: The hormone that allows us to love may also encourage us to lie

Oxytocin - the "love" hormone produced by the body to encourage bonding - may also help us to lie to the benefit of our group, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.Produced in the hypothalamus region of the brain, oxytocin is a peptide of nine amino acids that functions as both a hormone and a neurotransmitter.

Medical News Today: Materialistic people 'more likely to be depressed and unsatisfied'

We have all met materialistic people. These individuals want the best of the best, whether its the latest phone or a top-of-the-range car. But even when their demands are met, these types of characters may not be happy. And now, new research suggests that materialistic individuals are more likely to be depressed and unsatisfied with life.

Medical News Today: The origin of Lou Gehrig's disease may have just been discovered

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - also known as Lou Gehrig's disease - is a condition that gradually attacks nerve cells that control our voluntary movement, leading to paralysis and death. In the US, a reported 30,000 individuals are living with the disease, but now, scientists have identified a fault in protein formation, which could be the origin of this condition.

Medical News Today: Sun-filled mornings may help us control our waistlines, say researchers

Could light be used as a tool to fight obesity? Researchers at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, seem to think so. They publish their findings in PLOS One.The benefits of sunlight on human health are well documented. As well as providing us with necessary vitamin D, exposure to sunlight has also been implicated in preventing infectious disease and even lowering blood pressure.

Medical News Today: Scientists identify protein that spurs spread of colon cancer

PLAC8, a protein that until now has been poorly understood, appears to play a key role in the spread - or metastasis - of colorectal or colon cancer.Previous research has already found that PLAC8 is linked to colon cancer. Now, in a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Medical News Today: Insomnia may increase the risk of stroke

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, around 30% of the US population has insomnia. Now, as if having difficulty getting to sleep is not enough, new research suggests that insomniacs are at much higher risk of stroke than those without the sleep disorder.

Medical News Today: CDC: e-cigarette-related calls to US poison centers have soared

The safety of e-cigarettes has caused much debate in recent months. Now, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that the number of phone calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine has dramatically increased, from one call per month in 2010 to 215 calls per month in 2014.

Medical News Today: Drinking coffee linked to decreased liver cirrhosis death risk

Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis is the 11th cause of death in the US, killing nearly 32,000 people in 2010. But now, researchers are suggesting that drinking two or more cups of coffee every day can reduce the risk of death from liver cirrhosis by 66%.Published in the journal Hepatology, the study adds to growing evidence that coffee has real health benefits.

Medical News Today: Babies clearly respond to pleasant touch, say scientists

A new study provides evidence of what many moms and dads already know - that babies respond in a measurable way to soft and gentle caressing, or what scientists call "pleasant touch," and that this helps cement bonds between infants and parents to ensure their healthy development.

Medical News Today: Fertility drugs may not increase breast cancer risk, say researchers

Past research has associated the use of fertility drugs with an increased risk of breast cancer. But a new study from the National Cancer Institute indicates that this may not be the case.The research was recently published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention - a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Medical News Today: 'Thinking skills best in people who had better cardio fitness in youth'

The health benefits of regular cardiovascular fitness have been proven again and again by various studies. Now, a new study published in the journal Neurology suggests these benefits include better memory and thinking skills in middle age.The study, led by David Jacobs Jr., PhD, from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, defined middle age as being between the ages of 43 and 55.

Medical News Today: Could transplant drugs replace antiretrovirals in HIV treatment?

A new defense against human immunodeficiency virus may have appeared in the form of drugs ordinarily used to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs, according to a new study.Currently, antiretroviral drugs are used to manage human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). These drugs prevent the virus from replicating and damage from occurring to the immune system.

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