November 18, 2013

January-June Not Good Timing

1 Birth Months Linked to Major Illness Risk

While M.D.s no longer use astrology in making diagnoses -- something that physicians did for centuries -- a massive meta-study involving over 86 million births in 27 localities worldwide has determined that there is a distinct connection between the season of one's birth and one's susceptibility to certain ailments and disorders. Those born in January, February or March, for example, have high rates of Alzheimer's, epilepsy, and bipolar disorder, while those born in April, May or June run the highest risk of glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. The statistically safest birth months are September, October and November; the most disease-associated are March and April. Suggested explanations range from mothers’ vitamin D levels to seasonal bacteria fluctuations.

More at Theatlantic.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Fall and Winter Births Raise Postpartum Depression

Tags: Birth Month and Illness, Effect of Birth on Health, Birthday and Health, Astrology and Medicine, Seasonal Effects on Health

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To Stem Outbreak of Disease

2 Princeton U May Use Foreign Meningitis Shot

Authorities at Princeton University are weighing the use of a foreign meningitis vaccine to stem the outbreak of the disease which has caused 7 people to be hospitalized this year. In New Jersey, meningitis vaccines are required for almost all college undergrads but the one that’s commonly used in the U.S. does not cover the strain of meningitis found at Princeton. However, Bexsero, which has been approved only by authorities in Europe and Australia, does. The CDC has received permission from the FDA to import Bexsero and university trustees are deciding whether or not to distribute it. The vaccination would be voluntary, said a CDC spokesperson. About 500 Americans died from bacterial meningitis each year from 2003 to 2007.

More at NYTimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Teenagers to Get Meningitis Booster

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Meningitis, Princeton University, Bexsero, Meningitis Vaccine

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