Doctors have also struggled to accurately diagnose the condition, “Right now, the diagnosis is based on parents’ reports of their children’s symptoms, and on clinicians observing children in the clinic.” but now scientists at Stanford University and The University of California Davis believe that measuring levels of the hormone arginine vasopressin (AVP), which regulates blood pressure, could be the answer.
In tests on rhesus monkeys, they found that less social animals had levels of the hormone which were almost one third lower than their more gregarious peers. And a similar deficiency was found in 14 autistic boys.
Although the results are preliminary, the researchers believe their findings suggest that AVP may not only provide a test for autism, but also be a target for developing drugs to alleviate social impairment.
Full article at: Telegraph UK
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