Birth month and MS risk

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What is your month of birth?

January
3
10%
February
3
10%
March
0
No votes
April
2
7%
May
8
28%
June
0
No votes
July
3
10%
August
1
3%
September
2
7%
October
2
7%
November
2
7%
December
3
10%
 
Total votes : 29

Birth month and MS risk

Postby NHE » Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:41 am

There has been some prior discussion about whether or not the month of birth influences a person's risk of developing MS possibly through maternal vitamin D levels. As such, I decided to run a poll to sample the ThisIsMS community. Vote and let us know.

Here are some of the recent posts on this topic...

Re: CCSVI and CCVBP

Dose-related effects of vitamin D on immune responses in CIS

MS birth month link dismissed

Does birth month matter?

Study suggests babies' birth month may affect risk of MS

Vitamin D Abstracts ECTRIMS 2012

Re: UV-B therapy

Analysis backs birth-month effect in MS

The vitamin D relationship

Vitamin D3 for MS & immune-mediated diseases

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Re: Birth month and MS risk

Postby PointsNorth » Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:47 pm

So *May* would suggest 2nd and 3rd trimesters in late Fall, Winter, early Spring . . . This would coincide with less sunlight in later trimesters. Is fetal development in this time period more critical in terms of vitamin/mineral involvement?
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Re: Birth month and MS risk

Postby NHE » Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:21 am

PointsNorth wrote:So *May* would suggest 2nd and 3rd trimesters in late Fall, Winter, early Spring . . .

Yes, Winter and early Spring. The first trimester would be during the Fall.

PointsNorth wrote:This would coincide with less sunlight in later trimesters. Is fetal development in this time period more critical in terms of vitamin/mineral involvement?

I don't know. I'm not a developmental biologist. However, early on in development, many vertebrates have a similar morphological appearance. It may or may not be related.


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Re: Birth month and MS risk

Postby CureOrBust » Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:37 am

NHE wrote:There has been some prior discussion about whether or not the month of birth influences a person's risk of developing MS possibly through maternal vitamin D levels. As such, I decided to run a poll to sample the ThisIsMS community. Vote and let us know.
So, wouldn't that be month AND hemisphere?
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Re: Birth month and MS risk

Postby NHE » Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:24 am

CureOrBust wrote:So, wouldn't that be month AND hemisphere?

Sorry about the northern hemisphere bias. You are correct, the poll responses might be meaningless without that bit of information. However, that would make a 24 question poll. The current limit is 12 questions. I can't revise the poll without erasing everyone's vote. If you're from the southern hemisphere, then leave a post letting us know. :confused:
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Re: Birth month and MS risk

Postby CureOrBust » Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:43 am

Then that would be Southern from Me.
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