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Autism associated with growth hormone

Autism associated with growth hormone



Autism is a brain disorder that often interferes with the ability to communicate and interact with others.
Autism affects how the child perceives and processes sensory information.
According to new research, boys with autism and other disorders of this type have a much higher level of growth hormone (STH - somatotropic hormone), which may explain why these children have larger head circumference.
They also have a greater weight than those without problems. Other studies have already shown that those children who suffer from autism show a rapid growth of the head in the first years of life.
Dr. Duane Alexander, director of the National Institute for Children in the United States, says this study is a hope of understanding autism as a condition, and future studies will determine whether growth hormone levels are associated with abnormal head growth in autism.
Nobody knows yet what exactly causes autism, this complex disorder of behavioral development that leads to so many problems of social interaction and communication.
The researchers did not measure the growth hormone level because from a technical point of view it is difficult to achieve, but they observed that those children with autism have a larger head circumference, have a much greater weight and an index of the body mass as they are. Differences between the height of healthy children and those of autistic children were not found.
Laura Moise
Editor
November 1, 2007