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Researchers discover potential biomarker for autism

May 4, 2018

Stanford University researchers have identified a link between vasopressin hormone and autism in children, leading the way for development of a diagnostic test.

In collaboration with the University of California-Davis, the team found that low vasopressin levels in the cerebrospinal fluid are associated with less sociability in monkeys, as well as people, meaning that the hormone can be a potential biomarker for the disorder.

While early behavioural treatment is considered beneficial for the disorder, its diagnosis is said to be a slow and complicated process. Researchers believe that a biological test with a specific lab measurement can allow rapid diagnosis.