Normal levels of oxytocin in children with autism
The idea that autism is caused by low levels of the hormone oxytocin has no basis, according to a new study. Researchers measured levels of oxytocin in children with and without autism. They found the levels of oxytocin varied in all kids. In addition, they discovered that social functioning was better in children with high levels of oxytocin irrespective of whether the child had autism. More information is available on NPR.
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“These data were quite a surprise for us”, stated lead researcher Dr Gerd Schulte-Körne confesses. “This finding forces us to think again about diagnostic procedures for specific learning disorders but, above all, about how we can more effectively treat these conditions.” Science Codex has more information about this study.