Hormone released during breastfeeding helping people with autism

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Japanese scientists say a hormone released during breast-feeding may help people with autism.

A research team at the University of Tokyo gave the hormone oxytocin to 40 autistic men in their 20s to 40s.

The men were asked to identify people's feelings based on their facial expressions and voices, something that is usually difficult for people with autism.

They performed about six percent better than autistic patients who didn't get the hormone.

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