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Autism linked with stress hormone levels
Date:4/2/2009

standing about how some of the symptoms we see in AS are linked to how an individual adapts to change at a chemical level."

Dr David Jessop analysed samples from the children for levels of hormone at the Henry Wellcome Laboratories for Integrative Neuroscience and Endocrinology at the University of Bristol.

He added: "This study suggests that children with AS may not adjust normally to the challenge of a new environment on waking.

"This may affect the way they subsequently engage with the world around them."

The researchers hope that by understanding the symptoms of AS as a stress response rather than a behavioural problem it could help carers and teachers develop strategies for avoiding situations that might cause distress in children with the condition.

The next step in the research will be to look at whether children with other types of autism also lack a peak of cortisol after waking.


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Contact: Vicky Just
v.j.just@bath.ac.uk
44-012-253-86883
University of Bath
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