Dr. Manny: Sperm quality's impact on autism risk and other conditions

April 15, 2015 9:06 PM

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When we talk about pregnancy complications and infertility issues, we always tend to think of maternal age. That's not incorrect: Maternal age, especially up to age 35, has been directly linked to increased rates of miscarriage and chromosomal abnormalities.

However, paternal age and sperm abnormalities also may have a significant effect on newborn outcomes, as was recently observed in a study from Johns Hopkins University. The study found that the locations of epigenetic tags, which can be detected in paternal sperm, were statistically related to wheth...

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