MS - May & September

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MS - May & September

Postby Brainteaser » Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:12 pm

This article appeared in the local newspapers yesterday. $10 mill. for a study of MS birthdays. I read somewhere that many people with MS in the northern hemisphere have birthdays in May and therefore perhaps many in the southern hemisphere are born after winter here eg me in September.

To shortcut the study, maybe we could have a straw poll on this site to see if winter pregnancies has lead to a higher incidence of MS sufferers.


Vitamin trial bid to prevent MS
Nick Miller
March 18, 2009

MULTIPLE sclerosis researchers say vitamin D might be a key to preventing the disease - and have called for a special federal grant for a trial to prove it.

Previous studies revealed the so-called "latitude effect": a Tasmanian is seven times more likely to develop the condition than someone in northern Queensland.

This, and other evidence, suggests that sunshine or ultraviolet light has a protective effect against the disease - so vitamin D supplements from an early age could help shield those at risk.

Trevor Kilpatrick, director of neuroscience at the University of Melbourne, said he and other Australian experts were working to design a trial testing this idea, but it would cost a lot of money.

"This couldn't be funded by the normal funding bodies in Australia; it requires lobbying and buy-in at another level," he said. "It's a $10 million expense to even contemplate setting up such a study."

MS is known to vary according to the month a person is born, with the highest incidence in people born after a winter pregnancy - suggesting the protective effect of vitamin D could even begin in the womb. "The critical question now is how do we transfer that understanding into something which is of practical benefit to people?" Professor Kilpatrick said.

At a parliamentary breakfast in Canberra yesterday, the research and fund-raising umbrella group MS Research Australia put the case for an extra $5 million in Commonwealth money for MS research, saying it would be matched by an equal increase in donations from private foundations and the general community.

"This is an opportunity for the Government to help Australian MS researchers in ground-breaking discoveries which will affect millions worldwide, " said Dr John Richert, vice-president of research for the US National MS Society, who attended the event.

An estimated 18,000 Australians have MS.
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Postby mrhodes40 » Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:23 pm

I was born in Louisiana early December, my mother a new bride to her Marine pilot husband spent that summer sailing with Dad off the coast. They family famously overturned a sail boat and had to swim for it....
She may have been d inadequate, but not as much as others perhaps.
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Postby Artifishual » Fri Mar 20, 2009 5:48 am

May 8th in Texas for me.
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Postby MaggieMae » Fri Mar 20, 2009 6:10 am

May for both members of my husband's family who have MS.
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Postby cheerleader » Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:22 am

June 20 for hubby born in northern Ca. to an outdoorsy gardener.
Husband dx RRMS 3/07
dx dual jugular vein stenosis (CCSVI) 4/09
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Postby Loobie » Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:03 am

April 23rd in Ohio here.
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Postby Loriyas » Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:03 am

May in Ohio for me
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Postby chrishasms » Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:48 am

June 9th ND, moved to CO symptoms really kicked in.
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Postby ssmme » Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:40 am

I'm not one in the norm then....September in Northern Kentucky. Does that mean it started with ebv during puberty years for me?

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Postby ssmme » Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:41 am

Oh yeah - back in the 80's I was a sunworshipper and tanning bed addict also. I have the crows feet to prove it.

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Postby skydog » Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:50 pm

July 3 for me... California until late 70's lots of sun... Mono at 19 yrs chickenpox at 40 yrs Peace Mark
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Postby Lyon » Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:57 pm

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Postby flautenmusik » Fri Mar 20, 2009 1:36 pm

May 9 in Texas
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Postby Terry » Fri Mar 20, 2009 3:41 pm

November near Chicago.
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Postby scoobyjude » Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:37 pm

May in Chicago
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