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A from Stanford University in the USA reports that of older fathers may be more to have health problems. Scientists studied on 40,529,905 births in the USA between 2007 and 2016 to ascertain whether a father's age affects his child's health. Researchers discovered that compared to babies to fathers in the 25-to-34 age bracket, babies born to fathers over the of 45 were at greater risk of being born with health problems. These included being born , having a low birth weight or being admitted to a neonatal intensive care . The researchers added that babies born to older fathers were not as healthy as those conceived by younger fathers.

One scientist said a lot more research was needed to prove that older fathers conceive -healthy babies. Dr Michael Eisenberg from the Stanford University School of Medicine said: "I think it's to understand that the we are seeing are modest. So for an , the risk may not change much." He added that his team's data could show a trend that health departments in governments might want to be aware of. He said: "At a level, there may be public health implications of men...waiting to conceive." Dr Eisenberg concluded that: "While the oldest father is 96, this research suggests that the to child and mother may increase if fathers conceive .

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