Study: Hormone used in labor may improve social skills for those with autism

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A hormone that is often given to women to help with labor may also improve the social skills of some children with autism.

According to a new study, researchers looked at 17 children and teens diagnosed with the disorder.

They discovered that those who were given one dose of Oxytocin by a nasal spray had increased brain activity in areas linked to social perception and awareness.

The hormone also decreased the brain activity when the kids were engaged in non-social tasks.

The effects of Oxytocin were temporary and did not change the children’s overall social skills.

However, researchers hope it could improve their performance during behavioral therapies.