2006-09-05 Older Dads Linked to Higher Autism Rates


Children born to older dads may be much more likely to have autism than those with younger fathers.

A new study shows that children of 40-year-old to 49-year-old dads are nearly six times more likely to have autism than children of men under 30, regardless of the mother’s age.

The researchers say the study provides the first convincing evidence advanced paternal age is a risk factor for autism.(Read entire article)

2006-09-05 Autism risk linked to older fathers: study


(Reuters) - Children fathered by men at age 40 and older have a higher risk of developing autism, possibly because of mutations or other genetic changes, researchers reported on Monday.

The study "provides the first convincing evidence that advanced paternal age is a risk factor for autism spectrum disorder," said the authors from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, and the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. (Read entire article)