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Study Suggests Oxytocin “Longterm Treatment” for Autism

February 19, 2013 Oxytocin and Autism, Research Articles Comments Off

Oxytocin's Possible Use for Autism

 

Oxytocin, which is often referred to as the ‘love hormone,’ is a peptide that is used to help new mothers lactate, and is also credited as helping to form that unbreakable bond between mother and child. The hormone, which has been involved in the treatment of many health issues, has since catalyzed numerous scientific and psychological experiments to further investigate its many possible uses. Due to its bonding capabilities, oxytocin has been linked to social relationships and – excitingly – could have possibilities as a treatment for many forms of psychiatric or developmental disorders, including autism.

Around one in every 110 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Affecting the daily lives of millions of people across the world, scientists are yet to determine either the cure or the cause. Autism Spectrum Disorder can have mild to severe affects on development; therefore devising strategies to cope with them remains a major issue for the health industry, as well as for the families of those affected.

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Research on Oxytocin as Autism Treatment

The 1988 movie “Rain Man” was the first to address the topic of autism in a ‘popular’ context. That it had two such stars as its front men did more than most scientific papers to bring a perception of the disorder into the public forum.

But how prevalent is autism? Is it the same for both sexes? Is it really treatable?

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Can Oxytocin Help Those With Autism?

January 23, 2012 Oxytocin and Autism, Oxytocin In The News Comments Off

Oxytocin is a hormone produced naturally in the body, that plays a role in a varietyof behaviors, including parent-child and adult-to-adult pair bonding, social memory, social cognition, anxiety reduction and repetitive behaviors. Research has suggested roles for the hormone in emotional regulation and social behaviors.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, “The hormone works by helping neurons in the brain talk to each other, although the exact mechanism isn’t understood.”

What is the relation between autism and oxytocin? Take a look at a YouTube video “Autism & Oxytocin Expert Reveals Findings

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Prader-Willi Syndrome and the Oxytocin Solution

OxytocinCentral (September 1, 2011). New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, demonstrates that the hormone oxytocin is able to positively affect patients by improving trust, mood, and reducing disruptive behavior.

Prader-Willi syndrome and Autism are two such areas of common disorders where oxytocin is proving effective. Prader-Willi syndrome is a rare genetic disorder which causes a range of complex neurological and developmental problems including cognitive and behavioral difficulties, weight gain, aggression, temper tantrums and social and emotional challenges. … Continue Reading

Oxytocin Solidifies Relationships, Studies Show

By Maureen Salamon

Our brains are hard-wired to become distressed when we’re suddenly pulled from those we depend on physically or psychologically. So it’s not necessarily surprising, then, that oxytocin’s calming effects lend credence to its reputation as a hormone of relational repair.

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Scientists Test ‘Trust Hormone’ For Autism Fight

January 12, 2011 Oxytocin and Autism, Oxytocin In The News Comments Off

For decades, parents of children with autism have been searching for a drug or diet to treat the disorder.

Their latest hope is the hormone oxytocin. It’s often called the trust hormone or the cuddle hormone. And just to be clear, it has nothing to do with the narcotic oxycontin.

But some children with autism are already being treated with oxytocin, even though it’s not approved for this purpose.

Other related posts about the trust hormone.

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Prairie vole study finds new drug that boosts oxytocin

Oxytocin Agonist?

by Jessica Wright

Love rules: Prairie voles, which mate for life, bond with their new mate faster after taking a drug that increases the levels of oxytocin in the brain. A drug already in clinical trials as a tanning compound raises brain levels of oxytocin — a hormone and neurotransmitter involved in social bonding — researchers reported Sunday at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego. Higher levels of oxytocin can help animals recognize their mates and turn to a friend for help, according to two posters presented at the meeting.

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