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Tag: oxytocin

July 2020
Mouse with optpgenetic device in its head

Wireless optogenetics device reveals new role for ‘cuddle hormone’

by  /  15 July 2020

A new wireless device switches oxytocin-producing neurons on and off in mice as they interact, showing the hormone’s effects depend on social context.

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December 2019
A single ecstasy pill on a blue background.

Distinct brain pathway underlies ecstasy’s social effects

by  /  11 December 2019

The drug popularly known as ecstasy may boost sociability through brain circuits distinct from that underlying its ‘high.’

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May 2019
Brown and black mice in a cage, socializing

Drug may deliver ‘ecstasy’ of social interactions to autistic people

by  /  23 May 2019

The ability to learn from social experiences wanes by adulthood, at least in mice — but the recreational drug ecstasy may bring it back.

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January 2019

Gut microbes may treat social difficulties in autism mice

by  /  16 January 2019

Consuming Lactobacillus reuteri, a gut microbe found in yogurt and breast milk, may enhance social interactions in three mouse models of autism.

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August 2018
One gray mouse sniffs another in an enclosure.

Study revives serotonin as target for autism treatments

by  /  8 August 2018

Boosting the levels of the chemical messenger serotonin makes mice that model autism more social — and brings new hope to a shelved theory in autism.

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June 2018
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2018

Oversold diets; big brains explained; tracking CRISPR and more

by  /  8 June 2018

Benefits of diets for autism features remain unproven, variants of the same DNA region make brains big or small, and STAT announces a new CRISPR tracker.

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May 2018

Monkey study bolsters case for brain hormone’s role in autism

by  /  29 May 2018

Male monkeys that avoid touching, grooming or playing with others have low brain levels of the hormone vasopressin.

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January 2018
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2018

Ratio reversal; gender bender; ad accusations and more

by  /  12 January 2018

The male-dominated sex bias in autism is reversed in a related syndrome, a researcher’s gender could influence her study’s outcome, and an award-nominated ad featuring a young man with autism draws criticism.

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December 2017

Notable papers in autism research in 2017

22 December 2017

This year’s list of top papers highlights nuances in the genetics of autism and new leads on early treatment.

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November 2017
Week of NovemberNov
20th
2017

Relocation repercussions; gene editing first; oxytocin sensor and more

by  /  24 November 2017

The agency that oversees the drug approval process in Europe is moving to Amsterdam, gene editing gets its first human trial, and a tiny sensor detects even a few oxytocin molecules in blood.

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