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Tag: oxytocin

December 2013

Oxytocin sharpens social response in people with autism

by  /  12 December 2013

Oxytocin, the infamous ‘love hormone,’ may attune the brains of people with autism to respond to social information such as facial expressions, researchers reported 2 December in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study boosts oxytocin’s promise for treating the social deficits seen in autism.

November 2013

Over time, oxytocin puts prairie voles at disadvantage

by  /  12 November 2013

Long-term treatment with oxytocin impairs prairie voles’ ability to produce the hormone on their own, according to unpublished results presented Monday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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October 2013

Molecular mechanisms: Oxytocin mediates social reward

by  /  8 October 2013

Oxytocin may make social interactions more rewarding for mice by stimulating the release of serotonin, a chemical messenger involved in mood, according to a study published 12 September in Nature.

September 2013

Molecular mechanisms: Oxytocin boosts brain signals

by  /  10 September 2013

Oxytocin may enhance brain signaling by increasing the strength of the signals and minimizing background noise, according to a study published 4 August in Nature.

August 2013

Negative result

by  /  30 August 2013

Oxytocin may well have established its reputation as the ‘social hormone’ in the popular imagination, but it has no effect on symptoms in children with autism, according to a study published 26 July in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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Cognition and behavior: Oxytocin linked to brain connections

by  /  2 August 2013

An autism-linked variant in the receptor for oxytocin may alter connections in the brain, according to a study published 17 May in Neuroimage.

May 2013

Reward study questions autism mouse model’s relevance

by  /  2 May 2013

The BTBR mouse model, an asocial strain often used to study autism, may not be optimal for autism research, suggests an unpublished study presented today at the 2013 International Meeting for Autism Research in San Sebastián, Spain.

February 2013

Clinical research: Oxytocin may improve quality of life

by  /  22 February 2013

People with autism who inhaled regular doses of the hormone oxytocin were better at recognizing others’ emotions and reported a higher quality of life than those who took a placebo, according to a small study published 5 December in Molecular Autism.

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December 2012

Treatments: In the waiting room

by  /  6 December 2012

After years of making do with drugs developed for other conditions, doctors and scientists are eagerly pursuing drugs that target the social symptoms of autism.

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November 2012

Oxytocin’s power

by  /  13 November 2012

A new study shows that long-term treatment with oxytocin, a hormone that typically enhances social bonds, can have unexpected consequences, says Sue Carter, a research scientist at RTI International.