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Study shows, for the first time, that giving Oxytocin to men with autism can have lasting positive effects

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  • Scientists tested Oxytocin on a group of 40 adult men with autism (half of them were given placebo).
  • First, the team tested how much Oxytocin the men’s bodies produced.
  • Secondly, the men were given Oxytocin (in nasal spray) for four weeks.
  • This generated positive effects (less repetitive behavior, easier relationship forming) for up to a year after receiving the Oxytocin.
  • But this study is just the first step, a lot more studies will have to be performed before Oxytocin is used in a drug for autistic patients.

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