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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.

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About Oxytocin

December 30, 2010 Research Articles Comments Off

From Wikipedia

Oxytocin (Greek, “quick birth”) is a mammalian hormone that also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain.

In humans, oxytocin is thought to be released during hugging, touching, and orgasm in both sexes. In the brain, oxytocin is involved in social recognition and bonding, and may be involved in the formation of trust between people and generosity. [1][2][3]

Can oxytocin be used as help for depression? Watch the Oxytocin Central YouTube video, “Research on Oxytocin

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‘Love hormone’ could help treat schizophrenia

December 7, 2010 Oxytocin In The News Comments Off

In recent years, we’ve been bombarded with studies about the hormone oxytocin — researchers have demonstrated it increases trust and helps aid in social bonding. It has even garnered a reputation as the “love hormone.” But what good is it for? Despite all these findings, the hormone’s medical use remains limited to obstetrics — it is used to induce labor and aid in breastfeeding.

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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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Hold Me, Trust Me

November 4, 2010 Research Articles Comments Off

Reporter Maia Szalavitz wrote an article in the May 2008 edition for the journal New Scientist. In the article she states, “Oxytocin’s ability to connect social contact with feelings of pleasure and well-being has got researchers excited about potential therapeutic uses, since so many mental illnesses involve disorders of sociability or empathy. An obvious starting point is autism, which is marked by difficulty understanding the minds of others, aversion to human contact, and repetitive behaviors such as rocking”. According to the article, … Continue Reading

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