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Parental Age and Autism Linked in New Study

A new study has linked the age of the parents and the increased risk of autism in children born to parents over 35.

The University of Aarhus in Denmark and Cambridge University studied more than 1.3 million children born in Denmark between 1980 and 2003, and found that the risk of autism for children with older parents can be up to 27 percent higher than children born to younger parents.

The study also found that the risk of autism is higher with an older mother over 40 years old, around 65 percent, compared to 44 percent with an older father.

However, some are skeptical about the findings of the study.

According to London’s Deccan Herald, Caroline Hattersley of The National Autistic Society reportedly said, “While this research suggests that there is a link between parental age and autism, more studies are needed to understand the factors.”

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