What month were you or the PA person in your life born?

Posted on: Sun, 08/22/2004 - 2:35pm
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Joined: 06/19/2003 - 09:00

Just curious -- What month was the PA person on your life born? MY DD was born in Sept.; so was I & I have allergy to shellfish.

(see article below; who knows? severe allergy could be related to birth month)

Dr. Zodiac will see you now


The Baltimore Sun

August 22, 2004

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): Governed by Neptune and symbolized by the fish. Compassionate, introspective, artistic. Often dreamy and impractical. May be prone to schizophrenia, epilepsy or bipolar disorder.

It may sound like some kind of new, madcap astrology, but a number of scientists are becoming convinced that our birth month may predispose us to particular diseases later in life.

Studies have shown that schizophrenia is more common among those born in late winter or early spring. Multiple sclerosis is associated with births in April, May and June. And epilepsy occurs more frequently in those with birthdays from December to March.

A real find?

The findings may seem whimsical or - depending on which month you eat cake and unwrap presents - alarming. But researchers hope the emerging patterns will offer clues into the origins of a range of illnesses that, despite advances in treatment, have no known cause.

"It makes you think differently about disease," said Dr. Emmanuel Mignot, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, who has studied the association between birth month and narcolepsy.

In the latest study, published in the current edition of the journal Neurology, scientists at the National Cancer Institute found that adults born in January and February had the highest risk of brain cancer. Those with birthdays in July and August had the lowest risk.

The paper's lead author, NCI epidemiologist Alina V. Brenner, is the first to offer a caveat: The findings could be the result of chance.

But separate studies in Britain and Norway have identified a similar correlation between birth season and risk of brain tumors in children, with a statistical "excess" of births in winter and a "deficit" in summer.

If the association turns out to be real, Brenner said, it suggests that exposures early in a child's development - at any point from conception to the first few months after birth - could have a hand in the genesis of the disease.

Seasonal patterns

Seasonal birth patterns have been most firmly established in schizophrenia patients. Several years ago, a group of Danish researchers reported that the risk of developing the disorder was highest among those born in February and March and lowest among those with birthdays in August and September.

For his part, Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, research psychiatrist at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., has ruled out the possibility that chance alone explains the findings.

"It could be chance if it were one study of 250 people, or a few dozen people here or a few dozen people there," he said. "When you're dealing with a couple hundred thousand people and 200 studies, the chances of it being chance are zero-point-zero."

The leading explanation implicates a seasonal infection that could be disturbing the child's normal brain development, which may help explain why other central nervous system disorders are also more common in those with winter births.

"We know that infectious agents have a seasonality - influenza being the most striking," Torrey said. "Therefore, you certainly have to think of infectious agents infecting the mother late in pregnancy or infecting the newborn in the first few months of life."

Dozing data

Stanford's Mignot and a group of colleagues from France published a paper in the journal Sleep last year linking birth month with another disorder: narcolepsy. Patients with that condition are regularly seized with sleep during normal waking hours.

The researchers compared the birth dates of 886 narcoleptics being treated at sleep clinics in Montpellier, France; Montreal and California to those of more than 35 million people in the general population.

The distribution of births was strikingly uneven, with the number of narcoleptics born in March (11.9 percent) significantly exceeding the number expected in the general population (8.5 percent).

Conversely, the researchers found a significant drop in the number of narcoleptics born in September (5.6 percent) compared with the number normally expected (8.7 percent).

The Baltimore Sun is a Tribune Co. newspaper.

Posted on: Sun, 08/22/2004 - 3:18pm
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December month.
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Posted on: Sun, 08/22/2004 - 11:49pm
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Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

A.J. was born in July.

Posted on: Sun, 08/22/2004 - 11:58pm
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Joined: 09/05/2003 - 09:00

Ds was born is sept.

Posted on: Mon, 08/23/2004 - 5:15am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Lynee', mom to:
Cade - PA, egg whites, seasonal
Carson - NKFA, seasonal

Posted on: Mon, 08/23/2004 - 5:49am
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Joined: 11/25/2003 - 09:00

Terri in the USA

Posted on: Mon, 08/23/2004 - 5:55am
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Posted on: Mon, 08/23/2004 - 7:11am
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Joined: 06/15/2004 - 09:00

My son was born in August.
Btw, I've heard of these theories before; my sister has a form schizophrenia and my parents went to a seminar on the disease ( many years ago, too - at least 15!) - when they asked for a show of hands how many of their kids with it were born in Jan, Feb or March, almost every hand was raised.

Posted on: Mon, 08/23/2004 - 10:14am
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Posted on: Tue, 08/24/2004 - 3:45am
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