Larry Young built bridges with his social neuroscience research

Known for his work bringing oxytocin studies to the mainstream, Young died unexpectedly last month.

By Angie Voyles Askham
10 April 2024 | 7 min read
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Forging a path for vasopressin drugs for autism: Q&A with Suma Jacob

After the vasopressin antagonist balovaptan flopped in a late-stage clinical trial, Suma Jacob and her colleagues took stock of all the factors that might have complicated the results.

By Peter Hess
5 July 2022 | 5 min read
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Hormone level in infants may predict autism diagnosis

Infants with low levels of the hormone vasopressin in their cerebrospinal fluid may be more likely to later be diagnosed with autism.

By Peter Hess
11 May 2020 | 4 min read
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How the social hormone vasopressin might help autistic people

A drug that mimics the hormone vasopressin improves social skills in autistic people — but so does one that blocks vasopressin’s effects. How can seemingly opposing manipulations produce similar results?

By Elizabeth Hammock
9 July 2019 | 4 min read
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Ready or not, two drugs for autism edge closer to clinic

Two drugs that alter the activity of the hormone vasopressin seem to improve social communication in autistic people, but some experts question the findings.

By Nicholette Zeliadt
1 May 2019 | 5 min read

Low brain hormone levels may be reliable marker of autism

Children with autism tend to have low levels of the hormone vasopressin in their brain, according to the largest study yet to look at the levels.

By Nicholette Zeliadt
5 November 2018 | 3 min read

Oversold diets; big brains explained; tracking CRISPR and more

Benefits of diets for autism features remain unproven, variants of the same DNA region make brains big or small, and STAT announces a new CRISPR tracker.

By Emily Willingham
8 June 2018 | 4 min read

Monkey study bolsters case for brain hormone’s role in autism

Male monkeys that avoid touching, grooming or playing with others have low brain levels of the hormone vasopressin.

By Nicholette Zeliadt
29 May 2018 | 6 min read

Predictive brain waves; spotting liars; pet peeve and more

Brain waves in infancy forecast autism, people with more autism features have trouble detecting lies, and veterinarians battle claims that vaccines cause autism in dogs.

By Emily Willingham
4 May 2018 | 4 min read
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Optimism, confusion greet federal fast track for autism drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted a rare ‘breakthrough therapy’ designation for a drug that may ease some features of autism.

By Emily Willingham
12 February 2018 | 4 min read

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By Jill Adams
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Women are systematically under-cited in neuroscience. New tools can change that.

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