New Study Links Father’s Age To Autism & Schizophrenia

Wed, August 22, 2012 7:21pm EST by 4 Comments
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Scientists have found that the older a man is when he fathers a baby, the more of a risk the child has of developing autism and schizophrenia, according to a new study. Find out all the details!

A ground-breaking new study has found that older men are more likely to father a child who develops autism or schizophrenia than young fathers are. Random mutations that increase in male DNA as it ages is thought to be the cause, according to the study, which was published on Aug. 22.

It is the first study to quantify the effect as it builds each year, according to The New York Times. 

The study also found that the age of the mother carries no risk for these disorders.

However, scientists reported that the findings from the study should not deter men from being fathers later in life. The overall risk is about 2 percent for men in their forties, and other factors might contribute that aren’t completely known yet.

The study is the first to quantify the risk of these disorders in children who have older fathers for the first time, calculating how much it accumulates each year, according to The New York Times.

These findings combat the initial belief that the age of the mother was to blame, although the age of the birth mom is still related to genetic mutations such as Down syndrome.

“This study provides some of the first solid scientific evidence for a true increase in the condition” of autism, Dr. Fred R. Volkmar, director of the Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine, said, as reported by The New York TimesHe was not involved in the research. “It is extremely well done and the sample meticulously characterized.”

How fascinating! What do YOU think about this medial breakthrough HollyMoms?

– Christina Stiehl

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Posted at 2:50 PM on October 18, 2012  

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Posted at 4:44 AM on August 23, 2012  

the research was actually well done and convincing.i followed its progression on net some years back,now they have published their finding,thats quite intresting there is sure dangers here as one has children much later in life as we can see not only with autism and schizophrania but also with other diseases.though the risk is a bite less with people in their 40s.i hpope people bear this in mind as they plan to start a family.

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Posted at 11:21 PM on August 22, 2012  

it is true about the schizophrenia in case if the “mother” have an older age over 35 -40 the risk is high but not necesary.if a women have decide to have 3 kids and have over 40 i believe the last or the first will be with problem as schizo.i believe yes this father things too but not necesary again .in case the autism im not sure if is true.many study talk about some mutation and have nothing to do with the age of the parents.i think it is more about the parents DNA what make the mutation once the women getting pregnant.
now what?

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Posted at 10:24 PM on August 22, 2012  

I find this hard to believe! IMO No need to make snarky comments, I know I’m not a scientist! Just find study odd

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