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Link Between Advanced Maternal Age and Autism Confirmed - featured February 12, 2010

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[Source: ScienceDaily] — Advanced maternal age is linked to a significantly elevated risk of having a child with autism, regardless of the father's age, according to an exhaustive study of all births in California during the 1990s by UC Davis Health System researchers. Advanced paternal age is associated with elevated autism risk only when the father is older and the mother is under 30, the study found.

Published online in the February issue of the journal Autism Research, the study, is one of the largest population-based studies to quantify how each parent's age -- separately and together -- affects the risk of having a child with autism.

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