Oxytocin nasal spray strengthens mothers’ brain responses to pictures of infant and adult faces

February 26, 2018 In a new study from the University of Tampere in Finland, nasally administered oxytocin spray strengthened brain responses to pictures of infant and adult faces in mothers of 1-year-old infants. Oxytocin is a hormone and a neuropeptide that has an important role in inducing labor, lactation, and caregiving behaviors in mammals. The […]

Depression screening by primary care physicians important for adolescents

By Dr Ananya Mandal, MDFebruary 26, 2018 According to the American Academy of Paediatrics’ new guidelines released this week, all adolescents should undergo a screening for depression annually. The guidelines is published titled, “Guidelines for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care (GLAD-PC): Part I. Practice Preparation, Identification, Assessment, and Initial Management,” by the GLAD-PC Steering group. […]

Study Shows Evidence of Severe and Lingering Symptoms in Some after Treatment for Lyme Disease

Researchers report that a tick-borne illness known as Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS) is a real disorder with real symptoms. Credit: iStock In a study of 61 people treated for the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, Johns Hopkins researchers conclude that fatigue, pain, insomnia and depression do indeed persist over long periods of time […]