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NEWS: BRAIN DEVELOPMENT DISRUPTION IN THE WOMB LINKED TO AUTISM


Brain Development Disruption in the Womb Linked to Autism

Autism has been the focus of intense study in recent years, but experts are still far from understanding the root causes of the disorder. For a time, childhood vaccines were thought to be the culprit, but this theory has since been largely debunked. Now scientists have found evidence that the foundations for autism may be set in the womb, during prenatal brain development. Autistic children’s brains show a much higher incidence of cortical abnormalities in regions involved in language and social and emotional communication than their non-autistic peers. Abnormalities were identified in the brains of 90% of the children with autism studied, whereas only 10% of unaffected children exhibited abnormalities. More… Discuss

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STUDY: OXYTOCIN ALTERS SOCIAL BRAIN ACTIVITY IN AUTISTIC CHILDREN


Study: Oxytocin Alters Social Brain Activity in Autistic Children

Studies on the safety and effectiveness of oxytocin—informally referred to as the “love hormone” due to its role in emotional bonding—in treating autism have had mixed results, but a recent study of autistic children found that it alters activity in parts of the brain involved in social interactions and could enhance social function. Still, the findings are very preliminary, and experts caution parents of autistic children not to attempt to administer oxytocin to their children until more is known about its benefits and potential side effects.More… Discuss