When couples decide to conceive, they don’t think too much about the month their child is going to be born. The only thing that they are concerned about is that they have a beautiful healthy child in their arms at the end of 9 months. Now researchers say that there is scientific reason to pay attention to the month you’re born in because it may increase your chances for specific diseases.
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Nicholas Tatonetti, a scientist at Columbia University Medical Center recently published a report in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association about this. Scientists gathered information found during 14 years from a database at Columbia Medical Center. Their goal was to figure out if the birth month has anything to do with disease risk.
They found that out of the almost 1,700 conditions, 55 showed a strong relationship with a birth month that could not be explained by chance. These included a large number of heart related diseases and found that there was a risk for heart disease for those born in late winter and early spring.
Now, these scientists are collaborating with 40 institutions from around the world to standardize patient electronic health records so the data of the birth month trends could be analyzed.
In addition the database will include environmental factors and exposures, such as location, factors like pollution, rates of smokers, and other factors in order to see what pregnant women are exposed to during their pregnancies.
Below is a wheel that includes the data from their research: