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Love Hormone May Help Autism Symptoms - featured February 19, 2010

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WASHINGTON (Reuters), A hormone thought to encourage bonding between mothers and their babies may foster social behavior in some adults with autism, French researchers said on Monday.

They found patients who inhaled the hormone oxytocin paid more attention to expressions when looking at pictures of faces and were more likely to understand social cues in a game simulation, the researchers said in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Angela Sirigu of the Center of Cognitive Neuroscience in Lyon, who led the study, said the hormone has a therapeutic potential in adults as well as in children with autism.

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Watch a Video from the University of California M.I.N.D. Institute where they are studying the role of Oxytocin in Autism and other disorders with social interaction deficits.

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