Scientists create new ‘love hormone’ that they say could treat mental illness

A new version of the so-called “love hormone” oxytocin has been created by scientists in the hope it could be used to treat conditions such as anxiety and schizophrenia.

Oxytocin molecules have all sorts of functions in the human body. They bind with receptors in the brain and in doing so influence maternal care, social interactions and stress and anxiety levels. The hormone also has a role in controlling women going into labour.

The new substance is thought to have the potential to induce fewer of the side effects currently associated with oxytocin treatment.

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14th December 2017