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Tag: oxytocin

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.

October 2012

Social molecule disrupted in autism mouse model

by  /  17 October 2012

Mice missing the autism-linked gene CNTNAP2 have broad defects in their oxytocin system, according to research presented Tuesday at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in New Orleans. Treatment with oxytocin alleviates social deficits in these mice.


Oxytocin acts on autism pathways in gut cells

by  /  14 October 2012

The hormone oxytocin modulates molecular pathways associated with autism in gut cells, according to unpublished research presented Saturday at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in New Orleans.

June 2012

Clinical research: Genetic variant improves effects of oxytocin

by  /  15 June 2012

Men with a common autism-linked variant of CD38, a gene that regulates levels of the ‘trust hormone’ oxytocin, benefit more from the hormone than do those with other variants, according to a study published in the May issue of Neuropsychopharmacology.


Brain trust

by  /  1 June 2012

Preliminary research shows that in people with autism, oxytocin enhances activity in brain areas that process social information.

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May 2012

Social games

by  /  25 May 2012

Multiplayer games can help researchers identify differences in social behavior in people with autism.

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Giving fathers oxytocin boosts levels in babies

by  /  17 May 2012

Two new studies on oxytocin, the so-called ‘trust hormone,’ suggest new avenues for using the drug to treat autism.


Genetics: Study further implicates rare CNVs in autism

by  /  2 May 2012

Individuals with autism are more likely than controls to have small, rare duplications or deletions of stretches of DNA in genes that play a role in dampening signals in the brain, according to a study published 2 April in Molecular Autism.

November 2011

Measuring monogamy

by  /  18 November 2011

Oxytocin, the so-called ‘love hormone,’ plays a key role in monogamy in rodents, but its association with human relationships is subtle at best.

September 2011

Clinical research: Oxytocin alleviates social anxiety

by  /  14 September 2011

Individuals with fragile X syndrome make slightly more eye contact in stressful social situations after taking oxytocin compared with placebo.

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