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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Elderly Mothers are in Risk of Autism Child

Posted by Prahallad Panda on 7:55 PM 2 comments

Autism Awareness Ribbon, Colorful Puzzle Piece...Image by Beverly & Pack via Flickr
Elderly mothers are prone to have obstructed labor and giving birth to genetically abnormal child. Dawn's Syndrome is one of them. Now researchers say they are liable to give birth to child, later diagnosed to be suffering from autism. Autism, a disorder where there is a lot of behavioral problems and automatic movement disorders.
Elderly mothers above the age of 35 may give birth to genetically abnormal child. But it is not absolute. Autism a very distressing disease, stresses the parents and the child.
Older women are more likely to give birth to a child who develops autism than younger women, but the father’s age is a factor only when moms are younger, a large case-control study showed.
In an analysis of nearly five million births and more than 12,000 autism cases, every five-year increase in maternal age at delivery was associated with an 18% greater risk of the child later being diagnosed with autism, according to Janie Shelton, MPH, a doctoral student at the University of California Davis, and colleagues.

Mothers who gave birth when they were 40 or older had a 51% increased risk of having a child with autism compared with those who were 25 to 29, the largest age group (OR 1.51, 95% CI 1.35 to 1.70), the researchers reported in the February issue of Autism Research.
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