Sunday, August 01, 2010

Treating autistic symptoms with oxytocin

Oxytocin plays some roles in human social behavior and empathy. Back in 2005 I wrote about the possibility of using this in autism treatment.

Alas, five years later the studies are still pretty modest -- Promoting social behavior with oxytocin in high-fu... [Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010]

Since the drug is off-patent, there may not be enough money to motivate research and production. Frustrating. We need better treatments ...

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