A nasal spray containing a hormone known to help mothers bond with their babies could dramatically improve the ability of people with autism to interact with others, new research suggests.

In a study of 13 adults with autism, researchers found the group better able to maintain eye contact and engage socially after inhaling oxytocin nasally.

The hormone has previously been used by some as an alternative therapy for autism. The positive findings in the research published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences are expected to propel further study and will likely pique the interest of drug companies looking to treat the symptoms of autism.

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Oxytocin is produced in the body naturally and impacts the way that humans socialize. Some research has found that those with autism have low levels of the hormone, reports The Washington Post. To read more click here.

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