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Surprising effects of oxytocin on cocaine addiction

Surprising effects of oxytocin on cocaine addiction 1

The figure shows brain activation to pictures related to cocaine use in male and female cocaine users with a history of childhood trauma. The green arrow points to the amygdala. When males received placebo, the amygdala was very responsive to cocaine cues, but on oxytocin, this response diminished. The opposite …

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    Opioid-dependent mothers with reduced oxytocin levels give fewer gentle touches to babies

    Opioid-dependent mothers with reduced oxytocin levels give fewer gentle touches to babies 2

    Credit: CC0 Public Domain Mothers being treated for opioid-dependency showed impaired responsiveness and sensitivity to their babies, compared to mothers not dependent on opioids but similar in socioeconomic and lifestyle factors. The opioid-dependent mothers’ sensitivity deficits were associated with reduced oxytocin (OT) release. OT, which is made in the hypothalamus …

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