SYDNEY, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- A new Australian study shows babies born with the help of assisted-reproductive technologies (ART) have every chance of growing into healthy adults, local media reported on Thursday.
Having interviewed hundreds of parents and their adult children, Australian researchers found babies born through assisted reproduction had almost no difference in general health compared to naturally conceived ones.
Findings from the study shows offspring conceived by ART have the same weight range, perform as well at school and university, have the same rate of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and reach puberty at the same time, compared with non- ART-conceived peers.
However, the study confirms previous research findings that assisted-reproduction children are slightly more likely to have asthma and hay fever than other children.
"Overall most ART offspring have grown into healthy young adults with a quality of life and educational achievement comparable to those of their non-ART-conceived peers," the study leader Professor Jane Halliday from Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Australia's preeminent child health research organization, told the Australian Associated Press (AAP).
Co-author of the study, Professor Robert McLachlan from Monash IVF, said the study brought reassuring news for health professionals and families.
So far, there have been about 150,000 Australians born through ART.
"On average, one child in every classroom is an ART baby," he told AAP.
"We have a social responsibility to look back and reassure ourselves of its safety."
He said the study was based on subjective feedback from parents and children and a more objective follow-up study is needed.