Search for potential autism treatments turns to 'trust hormone'

  title={Search for potential autism treatments turns to 'trust hormone'},
  author={Alisa Opar},
  journal={Nature Medicine},
  • Alisa Opar
  • Published 1 April 2008
  • Medicine
  • Nature Medicine
For all of the attention that autism has received, the condition still lacks pharmacological treatments. Faced with this frustrating reality, some researchers have begun exploring whether oxytocin, the so-called ‘trust hormone’, could ease symptoms of the disorder, such as repetitive behaviors and difficulties with social interactions. Autism spectrum disorders affect an estimated one in every 150 children in the US alone, according to government statistics. So far, the US Food and Drug… Expand
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