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Oxytocin May Help Those with Autism

By Shana R. Spindler, Ph.D. on November 11, 2011


Pop News Brief: A recent article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) highlighted studies investigating the use of the hormone oxytocin as a treatment for symptoms experienced by people with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism. The article, in part, explored the finding that puffs of oxytocin in the noses of patients with high-functioning autism can reduce repetitive behaviors, decrease irritability, and increase their overall ability to function.


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