Treating autism with the ‘trust hormone'?

Oxytocin, dubbed the ‘trust hormone’ for its potential ability to improve trust and emotional identification, has been touted as a treatment for autism.

While clinical data on its effectiveness are limited, the dearth of treatment options has led some parents of children with autism to use oxytocin spray.

New data is accumulating on the benefits of oxytocin, including a Japanese study showing it can improve sociocommunicational deficits.