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Child health problems linked to father's age

Feb 27, 2014, 6:12 AM EST
A baby wears the Norwich colours during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road on February 23, 2014 in Norwich, England.
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A wide range of disorders and problems in school-age children have been linked to delayed fatherhood in a major study involving millions of people. Increased rates of autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, suicide attempts and substance abuse problems were all reported. The study, in JAMA Psychiatry, suggests mutated sperm were to blame. However, experts say the benefits older dads bring may outweigh any problems.
Background:
Child health problems 'linked to father's age' [BBC]
Older fathers linked to childrens’ mental health risks [The Globe and Mail]

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