Parents Daily News Roundup
Studies Show Genes Play Major Role in Autism
A sweeping study of hundreds of families with autism has found that spontaneous mutations can occur in a parent’s sperm or egg cells that increase a child’s risk for autism, and fathers are four times more likely than mothers to pass these mutations on to their children, researchers said on Wednesday.
Birth Control Shots Tied to Breast Cancer Risk, Study Says
Recent use of the injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera for at least a year was associated with a doubling of young women’s breast cancer risk, a new study has found.
Washington Boy, 9, Writes Apology to Girl He Shot
A 9-year-old boy in Bremerton, Wash. wrote a letter apologizing to a classmate who was seriously wounded after a gun discharged from his backpack, lodging a bullet in her spine.
Maid’s Cries Cast Light on Child Labor in India
A 13-year-old girl who worked as a maid reportedly led a life akin to slavery, in a symptom of India’s growing middle class and its demand for domestic workers, jobs often filled by children.
Frozen Assets: Why American Sperm Is a Hot Commodity
The U.S. is by far the largest exporter of human sperm in the world. Every year tens of thousands of vials go to more than 60 countries.