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
6%
May
8
26%
June
0
No votes
July
3
10%
August
1
3%
September
2
6%
October
3
10%
November
3
10%
December
3
10%
 
Total votes: 31

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Birth month and MS risk

Post by NHE » Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:41 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.

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Re: Birth month and MS risk

Post by PointsNorth » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:47 am

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

Post by NHE » Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:21 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

Post by CureOrBust » Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:37 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

Post by NHE » Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:24 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

Post by CureOrBust » Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:43 am

Then that would be Southern from Me.

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