Father’s who sleep closer to their children experience a drop in testosterone

Fathers who co-sleep with their children may be more responsive their children’s needs.

Mothers and fathers both are biologically adapted to respond to children. New research from the University of Notre Dame shows that dads who sleep near their children experience a drop in testosterone. Previous research from humans and other species suggests this decrease might make men more responsive to their children’s needs and help them focus on the demands of parenthood.

 

 

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Scientists Discover High Blood Pressure Switch That Could One Day Be Turned Off

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Mechanism in body found that causes high blood pressure. 

A mechanism in the body that causes high blood pressure has been uncovered by British scientists in a breakthrough that could lead to new treatments for the condition.  Researchers have found for the first time a key step in how the body controls blood pressure and so how the process sometimes goes wrong.

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Scientists Developing a Pill to Cure Jet Lag

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Scientists developing a pill that will reset the body clock.

Jet lag could be a thing of the past for travellers after scientists moved closer to developing a pill that resets your body clock.  Researchers have discovered a substance which is crucial to the natural rhythms of the body – and also a way of manipulating it. 

 

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Scientists Have Invented What Women Want in a Man – The Sensitivity Spray

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Scientists have developed a “sensitive spray” for men

Scientists have developd a spray to make men more affectionate using the ‘cuddle’ hormone oxytocin.  They say it is capable of turning the most macho of hunks into a dewy-eyed baby-kisser who says all the right things and stops going down the pub.

 

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Fear of Spiders Can Develop Before Birth

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Scientists figure humans may be born with a fear of spiders and snakes, healthy phobias that up the odds of survival in the wild. It’s not known how such an inborn fear might develop, however.

Now researchers have proven that unborn crickets can gain a fear of spiders based on their mother’s harrowing experiences.

Scientists put pregnant crickets into terrariums containing a wolf spider. The spiders’ fangs were covered with wax so the spiders could stalk but not kill the pregnant crickets. After the crickets laid their eggs, the researchers compared the behavior of the offspring with offspring whose mothers hadn’t been exposed to spiders.

The differences were dramatic, the scientists said.

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Nasal Spray May Help Boost Social Skills In Autistic Patients

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A natural hormone boosts social skills for autistic patients

A nasal spray containing the hormone linked to bonding helps people with autism become more sociable and trusting, scientists have found.   Participants in a study, who inhaled the spray containing oxytocin, were able to interact more easily with others.

 

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