The month of birth influences diseases: those born in May are healthier

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Blessed is he who was born in May! A new study has revealed that those born this month are less likely to get sick. The horoscope has nothing to do with it. It was a team of scientists from Columbia University who confirmed this through a calculation method that correlates the month of birth and the risk of disease.



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Blessed is he who was born in May! A new study has revealed that those born this month are less likely to to get sick. The horoscope has nothing to do with it. It was a team of scientists from> Columbia University> who confirmed this through a calculation method that he puts in relation to the month of birth and the risk of disease.



Another previous study had revealed that the season of birth affects behavior and mood. But now it's there health to have attracted the attention of researchers. The latter used this algorithm to examine New York's medical databases and found that 55 diseases are directly related to the month of birth.

Overall, the study indicated that children born in May had the lowest risk of disease while those born in October the highest. The risk of asthma is higher for those born in July and October while those born in November have a higher risk of developing ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder).

Still, children born to March had the highest risk of problems heart including atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure and mitral valve disorder while in general, young children born in winter present the highest risk of neurological problems.

The study, published in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, collected 1.688 diseases and the birth dates and medical histories of 1,7 million patients treated at Presbyterian Hospital in New York - between 1985 and 2013.

At first he had only considered individual diseases such as ADHD and asthma, suggesting a link between birth season and incidence, but seeing that there was no large-scale study, he went further.

Research has confirmed 39 connections previously reported in the medical literature and found out 16 new associations, including nine types of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Finally, the researchers performed statistical tests to ascertain that the links between the 55 diseases and the month of birth were not random. The following infographic shows the diseases "related" to the various months:



"These data could help scientists discover new disease risk factors," he said study author Nicholas Tatonetti, assistant professor of biomedical informatics at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC).

But before planning a visit to the doctor, researchers warn that the identified risks aren't high enough to cause concerns nor can they allow to intervene in advance. Tatonetti explains

"The risk associated with the month of birth is lower than with more influential variables such as diet and exercise".



Let's not worry so much about the month but to keep us healthy eating good e making outdoor activities physics.

The researchers plan to replicate their study with data from several other locations in the United States and abroad to see if there are any variations with the changing seasons and environmental factors.

Francesca Mancuso

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