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Father's age may increase risk of psychiatric disorders in child

Posted by Lara Salahi February 26, 2014 04:11 PM

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.


Study: Fertility Problems Raise Risk of Neurological Disorders in Children

Posted by Lara Salahi March 26, 2013 11:47 AM

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.


Week in Review: Flu Shots, Fertility, and Folic Acid

Posted by Lara Salahi February 22, 2013 10:56 AM

A roundup of this week’s pregnancy-related scientific research and news:


Week in Review: Postpartum Stress, Vitamin D, and ADHD

Posted by Lara Salahi December 14, 2012 08:28 AM

A roundup of this week’s pregnancy-related scientific research and news:


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Lara Salahi is an award-winning multimedia journalist whose specialty is reporting health and medical stories. She has worked in local, network, and cable television, international print, and documentary film. She More »

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