The Love Hormone-autism Connection

Hadassah researchers investigate whether disruptions to oxytocin activity during pregnancy and birth could be one of the causes of the disorder.

Love is a matter of hormones, as scientists proved a number of years ago, and one of the hormones that is associated most clearly with falling in love is oxytocin. Yet researchers at Jerusalem's Hadassah University Hospital in Ein Karem are focusing on the relationship between low levels of oxytocin in the human body and autism.