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How Oxytocin Makes Men (Almost) Monogamous

What happens when a man finds "the one"? His brain gets washed in oxytocin.The hormone and brain chemical best known for its role in love — it's also responsible...

Can Oxytocin Ease Shyness?

For centuries artists have tried to capture the essence of love, and now scientists may have found it in the brain. Known as oxytocin (not to be confused...

What the ‘Love Hormone’ Has to Do With Autism

The latest findings hint at why autistic children are more interested in objects and ideas than they are in other people. And that insight could lead to new...

A Blood Test to Predict Everlasting Love?

If you want to know if he loves you so, a new study suggests that the secret may not be in his kiss, but in his far less romantic-sounding blood levels of...

Why French Fries Are Good Comfort Food

Ever wonder why French fries, potato chips and Cheetos are so appealing when you're feeling stressed? A new study suggests that elevated levels of salt in the...

Study: A Dose of Oxytocin Increases the Cuddles

Bridget Jones's Diary makes me snort. I mean that literally. I emit a scornful guttural sound whenever I see it, which, unfortunately, happens a lot in my...

Thanks, Mom!

There are plenty of reasons oxytocin is referred to as the cuddle chemical. Levels of the hormone surge during caresses, and researchers think it evolved as a...

Biology: Sexual Healing

The "sex glow." Carrie Bradshaw and her Sex and the City trio may be the champions of detecting it, getting it and keeping it, but you don't need a closetful of...

Biology: The Chemistry of Desire

Eight years ago, after she had a hysterectomy at age 42, Roslyn Washington was left with an unexpected side effect. Her doctors, who had recommended removing her...

Medicine: Abortion Without Surgery?

Common sense suggests that the safest way to induce an abortion is to use the hormone oxytocin, which nature produces when it is time for a fetus to leave the...

Science: Nobelmen

Dr. Vincent du Vigneaud of Cornell University Medical College had a rather harrowing experience with his Nobel Prize. A fortnight ago, the Associated Press...