Study suggests “social brain” development is hindered at young age in children with autism

By Sally Robertson, BScFebruary 27, 2018 Researchers have uncovered evidence that the reduced sensitivity towards social cues seen in infants with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) hinders the development of certain brain regions during the early stages of development. Credit: Nazarova Mariia/ Shutterstock.com The study suggests that this indifference to social cues such as voices and […]

Oxytocin nasal spray strengthens mothers’ brain responses to pictures of infant and adult faces

February 26, 2018 In a new study from the University of Tampere in Finland, nasally administered oxytocin spray strengthened brain responses to pictures of infant and adult faces in mothers of 1-year-old infants. Oxytocin is a hormone and a neuropeptide that has an important role in inducing labor, lactation, and caregiving behaviors in mammals. The […]

Depression screening by primary care physicians important for adolescents

By Dr Ananya Mandal, MDFebruary 26, 2018 According to the American Academy of Paediatrics’ new guidelines released this week, all adolescents should undergo a screening for depression annually. The guidelines is published titled, “Guidelines for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care (GLAD-PC): Part I. Practice Preparation, Identification, Assessment, and Initial Management,” by the GLAD-PC Steering group. […]