Two groups of scientists revealed last week that by altering the brain’s absorption of vasopressin — a hormone closely related to oxytocin — they produced promising improvements in the social skills of young people and adults with autism.
The independent studies were published in Science Translational Medicine and mark the first time that the hormone has been studied as an autism treatment in people. Still, experts say the results are preliminary, and parents should manage their expectations carefully until more research is done.
According to Karen Parker, Stanford University’s autism specialist and co-author of one of the papers, there are…
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