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Parental Age May Be a Risk Factor for Autism

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Autism Speaks has helped fund the largest international study thus far examining a possible link between the age parents have kids and the risk of their children being born with autism. CBS News reported that the health records of more than 5.7 million people including 30,000 children with autism from five countries were analyzed. The article, published in the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry, shows autism rates amongst children were higher when both parents were older, when one parent was older, when there was a larger age gap between parents, and when teenage mothers had children as well.  However, researchers stated that parental age may just be one contributing factor to children being born with autism, not necessarily a cause, and more research will continue that looks into additional risk factors.

 

Read the article published on CBS News.

Read the study published in the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry.