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Study Says Oxytocin Improves Social Issues With Child Autism
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14 Jul 2017 10:34 PM EST

According to the Stanford University School of Medicine, autistic children treated with oxytocin have showed improved social behavior. Karen Parker, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford, said in a news release, "Our results suggest that some children with autism will benefit from oxytocin treatment more than others, and that blood oxytocin levels might be a biological sign that will allow us to predict if a child will respond maximally or not." For the study, 32 children with autism were randomly assigned to receive an intranasal spray of oxytocin or a placebo spray, twice a day for four weeks. Results then showed that children who received oxytocin at the beginning of the trial had the greatest improvements in social behavior.

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