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Crib notes: Offspring of older dads may face more diseases

Billy Crystal reassured Meg Ryan about her ticking biological clock in When Harry Met Sally, by agreeing that while men could produce babies late in life, they were too old to pick them up. It turns out, lifting the newborns might not be the only thing older fathers have to worry about. Research is increasingly showing that the offspring of older dads are more likely to face a variety of disorders

Billy Crystal reassured Meg Ryan about her ticking biological clock in When Harry Met Sally, by agreeing that while men could produce babies late in life, they were too old to pick them up. It turns out, lifting the newborns might not be the only thing older fathers have to worry about. Research is increasingly showing that the offspring of older dads are more likely to face a variety of disorders and diseases, including autism, breast cancer, epilepsy and bipolar disorder, to name but a few. Tick tock, guys. Tick tock.

Teens in California, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania might soon be sporting a whiter shade of pale skin if proposed laws banning teens from tanning bedspass. A handful of other states have also considered similar measures. Tanorexia, I'm sorry, you're out. Pale and pasty, that means you're in. Congratulations.

When it comes to cheating, is it like father, like son? Researchers have found that men whose fathers cheated are more likely to be unfaithful themselves. Researchers thought one possible cause for this is that boys learn from their father's behavior what's appropriate and what they can get away with.

It's 7:00 pm, is your TV off? If you want your toddler to get a decent night's sleep, it had better be. New research shows that young kids who watch TV after 7:00 pm are increasingly likely to have sleep problems. In addition, kids who watch violent programs at any time of the day (whether real or animated) are also more likely to have sleep problems. So parents, if you value your z's (and your kids' emotional well-being), keep the shows pleasant and the hours early.

Dana Macario is a TODAY Moms contributor and Seattle mom to two sleep-depriving toddlers. She is currently developing an alarm clock that will start an IV coffee drip 10 minutes prior to wake-up time. Once properly caffeinated, she also blogs at www.18years2life.com.