Hormone Spray May Help Autism Patients

Researchers have very preliminary evidence that a nasal spray containing the hormone oxytocin helps autism patients interact with others. The study included thirteen patients with autism or Asperger's syndrome, which is related to autism. The treatment helped the patients make eye contact and play toss with others. More research is necessary but the study is provocative because it provides a lead for drug companies to develop compounds that may be even more effective. Early use of the nasal spray may help ameliorate the impact of the disease.

I think it's amazing that a hormone can have such profound effects on our social skills and psyche.


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