Commentary: Older father, autistic child

Commentary

Older father, autistic child

The risk of autism rises in children with older fathers, according to a study based on a broad sample of the Israeli population and published in the September, 2006, issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

We've known for a long time that older women (over age 35) are much more likely to give birth to a child with Down syndrome. More recent studies have shown that older men are more likely to father a child who eventually develops schizophrenia. This research adds another serious disorder to the list.

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