Stanford Scientists Find Possible Autism Biomarker in Cerebrospinal Fluid

Stanford Scientists Find Possible Autism Biomarker in Cerebrospinal Fluid

Autism diagnosis is slow and cumbersome, but new findings linking a hormone called vasopressin to social behavior in monkeys and autism in people may change that. Low vasopressin in cerebrospinal fluid was related to less sociability in both species, indicating the hormone may be a biomarker for autism. A paper describing the research, which was led by scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of California-Davis, will be published May 2 in Science Translational Medicine. "Since autism affects the brain, it's really hard to access the biology of the condition to know what might be altered,"...

Mental Health Does Not Come With A Manual, It Comes With Friends & Family Support That Never Gives Up!
Join now
Read more

Related Content

What NOT To Say To A Parent With A Child Who Has Autism
What NOT To Say To A Parent With A Child Who Has Autism

Just as every child experiences autism in a different way, parents of children w...

Read more
Are Adults With Autism At More Risk For Anxiety & Depression?
Are Adults With Autism At More Risk For Anxiety & Depression?

Adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are thought to be at disproportionate...

Read more
When Is Autism NOT A Gift?
When Is Autism NOT A Gift?

Few things are more surreal to the parent of a severely autistic child than the ...

Read more
Everything You Need to Know About Occupational Therapy for Autism
Everything You Need to Know About Occupational Therapy for Autism

Occupational Therapy Provider Kendra Garcia not only treats children with autism...

Read more
What to Expect in the First O.T. Session for Autism
What to Expect in the First O.T. Session for Autism

Occupational therapy is one of the most common and most useful treatments for au...

Read more
How Occupational Therapy Changes for Different Types of Autism
How Occupational Therapy Changes for Different Types of Autism

Occupational Therapy is a treatment for autism. How we use it depends on where s...

Read more