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Posted: 6:25 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

Older men fathering children brings danger for offspring

JAMA: Problems include bipolar disorder, autism, attention deficit


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By Don Bishop

It may be more dangerous than previously thought for older fathers having children with psychiatric disorders.

The largest study is listing problems including bipolar disorder, autism and attention deficit.

American and Swedish researchers looked at data on more than 2 million Swedes born from 1973 to 2001.

Men who fathered kids after age 24 faced increasing odds for having children with psychiatric problems or academic difficulties, with the greatest risks seen at age 45 and older.

The study was published online in JAMA Psychiatry, produced by the Journal of the American Medical Association.



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