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Father's age, lifestyle may have bigger impact on health of future children

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Men have a bigger impact than you might think when it comes to the health of their future children.

New research reveals a father’s age and lifestyle can affect his own offspring along with future generations.

Older fathers are linked with higher rates of mental illness, autism and birth defects in children. Parental obesity increases the risk of diabetes and brain cancer.

A father’s alcohol use also has a large impact on his children.

A newborn can be diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and even when the mother is a non-drinker.

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The number of hours a new mother works has a bigger impact on breastfeeding than the length of her maternity leave.

A new study found moms who returned to work within six months of childbirth were significantly less likely to continue breast feeding, but those who work 19 hours a week or less showed no drop in their tendency to breastfeed regardless of when they returned to their jobs.

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A new University of Michigan reveals nearly half of parents whose child had leftover pain medication kept the pills at home where they were accessible to teens and their friends.

However, when doctors advised parents on what to do with the extra narcotics, they were twice as likely to properly dispose of them.

Eight percent of parents surveyed returned leftover narcotics to the doctor or pharmacy. 30 percent threw the pills away or flushed them down the toilet.

Flushing the pills is not a good idea. It is best to return them to the doctor’s office, pharmacy and County take back programs.

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