Tag: oxytocin

March 2017
Features / Deep Dive

Meet the newest contestant in the scientific rat race

by  /  15 March 2017

Mice have long been the mainstay of autism research, but a small group of scientists say rats are the superior choice. Rats are bigger, smarter, friendlier — and a lot more fun.

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Oxytocin boosts social skills in autism-related syndrome

by  /  15 March 2017

One week of treatment with the hormone oxytocin improves social skills and feeding in infants with Prader-Willi syndrome.

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February 2017
News

Rats with mutant SHANK genes show autism-like behaviors

by  /  16 February 2017

Researchers have engineered two new rats with mutations in a family of genes that function at neuronal junctions, they reported today at the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research in Atlanta.

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November 2016
News

Rodent studies test oxytocin’s translational mettle

by  /  15 November 2016

Researchers are grappling with the complexities of transforming oxytocin into a drug for use in the clinic.

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August 2016
News

Memory hub could underlie social, cognitive quirks of autism

by  /  24 August 2016

The brain’s memory center, the hippocampus, may provide clues to features of autism as disparate as personal relationships and decision-making.

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July 2016
News

Single microbe may restore social behaviors in mice

by  /  7 July 2016

A single species of bacteria reverses autism-like features in mice exposed to a high-fat diet in utero — but researchers question the findings’ relevance to people.

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January 2016
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2016
News / Spotted

Misjudging monkeys; consoling voles; canine connection

by  /  29 January 2016

Headlines about “autistic monkeys” are missing the point, prairie voles show empathy, and dogs could offer clues to psychiatric conditions in people.

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November 2015
News

Oxytocin boosts social skills in young children with autism

by  /  6 November 2015

Inhaling puffs of the hormone oxytocin modestly improves social behaviors, the first trial of the hormone in children with autism has found.

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October 2015
News

Prairie vole study digs up link between Prozac, oxytocin

by  /  21 October 2015

Prairie vole pups exposed to the antidepressant fluoxetine in the womb show autism-like behaviors and lose some receptors for oxytocin and vasopressin.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

By chemically tagging genes, sex hormones shape brain

by ,  /  19 October 2015

The environment’s influence on gene expression can vary by sex and affect autism’s expression.

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