According to sources, researchers from Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia and Karolinska Institute in Sweden have created a new autism model that suggest that older parents are more likely to have a child who develops an autism spectrum disorder than younger parents.

Apparently, the model shows that autism risk grows steadily with fathers’ increasing age, but accelerates with mothers’ age after 30. That means for babies born to mothers aged 30 and older, the chance of developing ASD noticeably accelerates with the mother's age.

The study also used a particularly comprehensive case-finding approach, to identify more ASD cases than other studies might, based on all pathways to care in a socialized health system.

The study has been published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.


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