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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Autism Research: Oxytocin has social, emotional and behavioral benefits in young kids with autism ♦ New options for treating autism ♦ Gene associated with autism

Oxytocin has social, emotional and behavioral benefits in young kids with autism A five week treatment with the synthetic hormone oxytocin significantly improved social, emotional and behavioral issues among young children with autism.
First insights into changes to developing brain caused by gene associated with autism New insights show how even very small changes to synapses can alter brain function and could lead to intellectual disabilities. Researchers note that new research will help in the development of better treatments.
New options for treating autism The operating mechanism of oxytocin, the molecule involved in social behavior, has been researched by a team of European scientists. The results obtained in the research suggest that one of the mechanisms by which oxytocin causes interpersonal relations to be perceived as pleasant could be through the release of anandamide.
Link between polycystic ovarian syndrome in the mother and autism in the child Children born to mothers with polycystic ovarian syndrome, PCOS, are at an increased risk of developing autism spectrum disorders. The findings support the notion that exposure to sex hormones early in life may be important for the development of autism in both sexes.

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