For years, psychiatric disorders that developed in children have been linked to the mother’s genes. But growing evidence now seems to suggest that a number of factors in fathers play a larger role in the development of psychiatric issues in their offspring.
A new study published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry found that children who are born to fathers older than age 45 may be at higher risk for disorders like autism, ADHD, psychosis, and bipolar disorder compared to children born to younger fathers. They also tend to do worse in academics, be involved in drugs, and attempt suicide, the study conducted by researchers in Sweden found.FULL ENTRY
For nearly 1 in 10 women in the U.S. struggling to conceive, the frustration can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, more than 4 percent of those women will go on to bear children. But the prolonged time it took to finally get pregnant may bring on additional worries for some women.
A new study now suggests that women who get pregnant after about four years of trying may have a 30 percent higher chance of having a child with neurodevelopmental problems compared to women who conceive earlier.FULL ENTRY
A roundup of this week’s pregnancy-related scientific research and news:FULL ENTRY