Older Moms More Apt to Have Autistic Child

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Older moms are more likely to have a child with autism than women who give birth at a younger age ...

... A woman's risk of having a child diagnosed with autism rose by 18 percent for each five-year increment in her age ... a woman who gave birth at age 40 or older had a more than 50 percent greater chance of having a child with autism than a woman who gave birth between 25 and 29, and a 77 percent greater chance of having an autistic child than a woman who gave birth before the age of 25.

... Men over 40 who had a child with a woman under 30 had a nearly 60 percent increased risk of having a child diagnosed with autism compared to men aged 25 to 29 who fathered a child with a young woman.

Among mothers over 30, the increased risk associated with having a baby with a man older than 40 dissipated ...

... Autism is a developmental disorder that causes problems with social and communications skills and repetitive or restrictive behaviors. Because the condition has a wide range of symptoms and degrees of severity, autism is now called autism spectrum disorders. About one in 110 children in the United States has such a disorder ...

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