Oxytocin — not to be confused with the highly addictive pain killer oxycodone — is critically important to a pregnant woman because it is partly responsible for the nourishment and cuddling she is likely to give her child. There is hope that the hormone could be used to help patients suffering from a range of psychiatric disorders that affect social interactions, including autism and schizophrenia.
It’s unlikely that this research will lead to a “recreational” drug that would make all of us a little more loving. That “Love Potion Number Nine” celebrated by the musicians that call themselves “The Clovers” is not likely to be on your pharmacist’s shelf anytime soon. more…
by LEE DYE
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