Synthetic ‘Love Hormone’ Could Be Key To Treating Mental Illness
This article mentions that animal testing was used in this process. I do not support animal testing, even if it benefits humans in some medical kind of way. I’m happy to see contributions to helping people who have anxiety and depression, but I don’t like to see it at the expense of animals.
A new synthetic version of the “love hormone” could soon be used to treat mental illness like anxiety and schizophrenia, experts says.
A team of researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia has developed a version of oxytocin which they say will have no side-effects.
Oxytocin is a naturally occurring hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain.
It binds to several receptors in the brain to influence maternal care, social interactions, stress and anxiety levels.
…They found the mice treated with the compound overcame social fear much quicker than those who didn’t receive the treatment, meaning it could be used to target social phobia, anxiety and even autism.
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