"It is very possible that PATERNAL AGE is the major predictor of(non-familial) autism." Harry Fisch, M.D., author "The Male Biological Clock". Sperm DNA mutates and autism, schizophrenia bipolar etc. results. What is the connection with autoimmune disorders? Having Type 1 diabetes, SLE,etc. in the family, also if mother had older father. NW Cryobank will not accept a sperm donor past 35th BD to minimize genetic abnormalities.VACCINATIONS also cause autism.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Parents' age and child’s autism risk

Parents' age and child’s autism risk
American Journal of Epidemiology,
November 2009
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

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Children born to relatively older mothers or fathers may have a higher risk of autism than those with younger parents.

Autism spectrum disorders include several developmental brain disorders that, to varying degrees, hinder a person's ability to communicate and interact socially. The precise causes of autism are not fully understood, though researchers believe that genetic susceptibility plays a key role.

Researchers studied data on 7.5 million births in California between 1989 and 2002 and identified 23,311 children who received state-sponsored services for autism. It was found that a child's risk of developing autism increased along with the age of the parents.

The large majority of children born to older parents did not develop autism. For example, among children born to mothers ages 40 to 44, 826 developed autism, while nearly 150,000 did not. But when compared with children born to mothers between the ages of 25 and 29, their risk of developing autism was 84 percent higher. For each 10-year increase in a mother's age between the ages of 20 and 40, the risk of her child developing autism climbed by 38 percent - with the father's age and other factors, like race and parents' education, taken into account. Similarly, each 10-year increase in a father's age between the ages of 20 and 60 was associated with a 22-percent increase in autism risk. The findings add to a conflicting body of research on what role, if any, parents' age plays in autism development. Past studies have either found that older age may increase the risk, or has no impact at all.

These latest findings suggest, but do not prove, that older age in parents may be an additional risk factor. On one hand, there are potential biological mechanisms by which parents' ages could affect fetal brain development, and thereby the risk of later autism.

Hormonal factors in the womb, or a greater number of genetic flaws in older eggs or sperm could be involved. Another possibility, according to the researchers is simply that people who already carry a predisposition - probably genetic - for having a child with autism tend to start having children later in life. If that's the case, then older parental age, per se, would not be a risk factor for autism.
However, it was also pointed out that the two possible explanations are not mutually exclusive, and both could be at work.

More research is needed to understand why this relationship exists. A number of studies have shown that autism diagnosis have shot up over the past two decades, for reasons that are not clear. It's possible that the concomitant trend toward delaying childbirth could have contributed to that rise. But even if older parental age is a factor, it would be a relatively minor one.



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