Scientists have just found that oxytocin might be the miracle cure for autism. The hormone oxytocin has been widely available to the public for a long time but this new research might make it a miracle drug.
A study was done on a group of children with autism during which they received a daily dose of oxytocin through the use of a nasal spray. During this period of time the children saw their emotional, social and behavioral issues improve a great deal. The study was conducted at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Center.
Researchers from the institute have documented the possible benefits that oxytocin might have on the human body in the last decade. Their studies have clearly shown that the drug enhances memory and can also enhance the empathy that people feel. What this means is that it is suddenly easier to understand the emotions of other around you while under the effects of oxytocin.
But sadly this is just the first medical trial done on the hormone. They are now trying to investigate how effective, tolerable and safe the drug can be when prolonged use is involved. While the benefits that it can have on people are clear already researchers want to be sure that it is completely safe since most of the patients will be children.
Autism can best be described as a wide variety of brain developmental problems that can start affecting children at a very young age. Sufferers of the syndrome generally find it hard to interact socially with other people. They also experience trouble in communicating and tend to indulge in various weird and repetitive behaviors. The disease affects about one in 68 children and there is no valid treatment yet.
In the past treatment was limited to different forms of therapy which most of the time ended up costing the parents ridiculous sums of money with very little to show for it. This is why researchers are truly excited about their findings.
The next step in their research will be to find out just how exactly oxytocin changes brain waves in order to enhance social behavior. After decades of struggling with this nefarious disease it seems that we might just be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
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