There is new research and findings about causes and potential therapies for autism every week, but the following caught my eye in particular. I've reproduced a section below and you can link through for the remainder.
The following article snippet is from Medscape Medical News reporting from the 12th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR)
The research has found that intranasal oxytocin appears to normalise fixated or restricted interest, a core deficit in autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).
This expands the spectrum of normalising effects now being reported for intranasal oxytocin, essentially "completing the picture" of how the neuropeptide ameliorates the 3 key distinguishing features of ASD.
"In autism, there are 3 basic deficits — social communication, repetitive behavior, and fixated or restricted interest, where children get fixated on a particular pattern or sensory stimulation and have difficulty paying attention to other, more socially relevant cues," Lane Strathearn, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, told Medscape Medical News.
"So this is the first time that this particular aspect of autistic behavior has been examined in relation to oxytocin, and we've shown that oxytocin has some effect on all 3 aspects of autism behavior, including now fixated interest."
The study was presented here at the 12th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR).
You can access the rest of this article on Medscape here although you may need to register for free first.
When you've read it, do come back here and leave your views - is it just more of the same or do you think this is a potential game-changer?