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New study suggests fathers in finance run higher risk of siring autistic kids

Child suffering from infantile autism.
Child suffering from infantile autism.
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In the never-ending quest to find out what causes a child to be autistic, a new study presented by Aisha S. Dickerson, PhD, a researcher at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, suggests that what a father does for a living may impact his unborn child. According to Dickerson, “fathers who worked in finance were four times more likely to have a child on the autism spectrum than those with the in media, education, or sales industries, etc., while those employed in the health care profession (including lab techs) were 6-times more likely to have an autistic child.” At the same time, Dickinson’s study did not find any correlation between a mother’s profession and an offspring’s autism “unless both parents had technical jobs, in which case, it was stated that “their kids were at a higher risk of developing a more severe case of autism.”

“We aren’t exactly sure why, but we speculate that people who choose these technical fields do so because their brains are wired differently. They also tend to be more antisocial, prefer to focus on one thing at a time, and not talk a lot. We see those traits in autism too,” Dickerson stated. “It’s also possible that some adults in tech fields are on the far end of the autism spectrum level themselves, but are undiagnosed with mild cases or don’t need diagnoses at all.” At the same time she cautioned expectant parents who work in technical fields not to jump to any conclusions. “These results are only a steppingstone to further understand the condition as a whole,” she added