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Older Fathers = Health Risks for Offspring

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posted on Jul, 7 2008 @ 01:46 PM
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Older Fathers = Health Risks for Offspring


news.bbc.co.uk

Scientists say they have found more evidence that men as well as women have biological clocks and that they start to tick in their mid-30s.

A French study of over 12,200 couples having fertility treatment suggests the chance of a successful pregnancy falls when the man is aged over 35.

It adds that the chance is significantly lower if he is over 40...

...the team also found that, where the father was in his late 30s, miscarriages were more common than if the man was younger...
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posted on Jul, 7 2008 @ 01:46 PM
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Interesting findings in the light of the trend in recent decades towards postponing having a family until later life.

A couple of years ago another large-scale study found evidence of a link between older fathers and autism. What is more that study itself came on the back of evidence of an association between older fathers and children who later developed schizophrenia.
Source: www.npr.org...

The above is a fascinating article in itself. The detail includes findings such as:


"In fathers who were 40 years or older, the risk for autism was almost six times higher than in the offspring of fathers who were younger than 30 years of age." The mother's age didn't seem to matter.


It appears family planning is not the panacea it is held up as, to say the least...

news.bbc.co.uk
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posted on Jul, 7 2008 @ 10:39 PM
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It's because autism and schizophrenia are not what they appear to be. Medical science has been trying to suppress disease, but they have been suppressing evolution. Different forms of cognition, with different inborn expressions of self-versus-other strategies, are nature's way of saying, "You neurotypicals have apparently reached the apex of your contribution to the species' overall health."

*Sigh*

Anyway, older parents also means that the children are less likely to inherent genes that express diseases early in life.



posted on Jul, 7 2008 @ 11:42 PM
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Totally awesome post. While I don't see it as evolution I agree there is an increasing tendency to label difference as 'unhealthy'. A possibly less controversial example is ADHD - Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder. It could well be argued that many kids given this diagnosis are at one end of the personality scale. While many of them are prescribed medication to make them more manageable in the classroom and at home, it can be argued that only a minority of them are sufficiently different to 'normal' to truly justify such a radical response. (I am not alone in suspecting that at least some of these children have simply spent far too much time during their crucial early development in front of the television in comparison with the amount of time their parents have spent interacting with them.)

We are actually exploring the boundary of where societal expectations and tolerances end and medical intervention begins. Those in the medical profession are trained to use published definitions of 'diseases' such as published by the WHO, who in turn base their definitions on the result of academic research. Such research is arguably highly influenced by current societal 'norms', in that researchers are themselves not immune to the pressures of those wonderful human beings: PC merchants (aka thought police). Such influence is also inevitably brought to bear via the bodies that fund research in the first place: science is by no means as impartial as we are often led to believe.

In Soviet Russia the totalitarian government abused the medical profession (particularly psychiatry, but not exclusively) to 'treat' those who thought and acted differently to loyal communists. It could be argued that modern society increasingly demands conformity, and that this attitude is promoted via the media and education - which in turn could lead to subtle manipulation of the medical profession by political movers.

Bringing things down to earth, a quick search brought up this article questioning the existence of schizophrenia:

www.antipsychiatry.org...

In this particular case I'm not entirely convinced as I believe there is evidence that at least some who have this diagnosis have demonstrable anomalies with respect to the shape of their brain (revealed by scans). However I suppose you could argue even this is just another aspect of the far end of what is actually 'normal'...

Fascinating isn't it?

applebiter: just wondering, do you have any specific knowledge or evidence to back up your intriguing final remark - ?


...older parents also means that the children are less likely to inherent genes that express diseases early in life.



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