For decades, parents of children with autism have been searching for a drug or diet to treat the disorder. EnlargeSteven van Soldt/iStockphoto.com People with autism have impaired feelings of trust and empathy, and early studies show that the hormone oxytocin could help. Their latest hope is the hormone oxytocin. It's often called the trust hormone or the cuddle hormone. And just to be clear, it has nothing to do with the narcotic oxycontin. But some children with autism are already being treated with oxytocin, even though it's not approved for this purpose.
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