Boy with autism

Children with autism have elevated levels of steroid hormones in the womb

03 Jun 2014

Children who later develop autism are exposed to elevated levels of steroid hormones (for example testosterone, progesterone and cortisol) in the womb, according to scientists from the University of Cambridge and the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. The finding may help explain why autism is more common in males than females. However, the researchers caution it should not be used to screen for the condition.

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Our brain

Extra testosterone reduces your empathy

10 Feb 2011

A new study from Utrecht and Cambridge Universities has for the first time found that an administration of testosterone under the tongue in volunteers negatively affects a person’s ability to ‘mind read’, an indication of empathy. The findings are published this week in the journal Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Discarded Teenagers

Key to regulation of puberty discovered

11 Dec 2008

A team of scientists from the University of Cambridge and the University of Cukurova in Turkey has taken a major step to understanding how the brain controls the onset of puberty.

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