POV by developmental-behavioral pediatrician Paul Wang, Autism Speaks’ senior vice president for medical research.
Stanford University researchers have shown that the so-called “love” hormone oxytocin is involved in a broader range of social interactions than previously thought.
Their new report in the journal Nature urges researchers to use the findings to open new doors in the search for autism treatments.
Many persons with autism have sensory difficulties. These include challenges with focusing attention on important information while screening out background activity.
A large clinical trial will test the safety and effectiveness of oxytocin nasal spray to improve sociability and communication in children and teens with autism. The federally funded clinical trial follows the promising results of a pilot study funded by Autism Speaks.
A whiff of oxytocin increased activity in the social centers of the brain in a small study of children with autism. The findings were presented today at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), in Toronto, Ontario.