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Teenage boys’ babies are ‘30% more likely to develop autism

Teenage boys’ babies are ‘30% more likely to develop autism, schizophrenia and spina bifida’

  • Male reproductive system may not work properly until after puberty
  • They found high levels of DNA mutations in sperm cells of teenage boys
  • Findings create 30 per cent higher risk of children being born with defects
  • Could result in conditions such as autism, schizophrenia and spina bifida
  • Research also revealed men have healthiest sperm in their 20s and 30s
  • But the number of mutations rises again as they approach the age of 40

SOURCE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

kids with autism are as unique as snowflakes

New Canadian research suggests kids with autism are as unique as snowflakes.

Even in families where more than one sibling is autistic, the underlying genetics of the condition can be very different. Alexey Kljatov

Autism remains a mysterious condition in many ways… even to those who study it closely. Now some surprising new research from here in Canada may have unlocked new clues by focusing on autistic siblings, who manifest the condition in very different ways.

SOURCE: http://www.cbc.ca/

The greatest gift you can give your children is… your love and your time.

When the airlines tell us to put on our own oxygen masks first, it is because they know that our children will not be okay unless we are.

When you became a parent, you began living for someone else. Your drive to protect your child began to override your desire to meet your own needs. But if your goal is to build a happy person who is prepared to thrive through good times and bad, you must care for yourself with the same degree of intensity with which you protect and nurture your child.

Researchers may develop saliva test to diagnose autism

A spit test may one day be able to diagnose autism according to researchers at Clarkson University and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Scientists at the universities have published the first study showing that children with autism spectrum disorder have differences in protein levels in their saliva when compared to typically developing children. The study appeared in the Jan. 27 issue of the journal Autism Research.