Month of birth linked to risk of MS

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Month of birth linked to MS risk

Children born in November are less likely to develop autoimmune diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) a new study says.

Researchers at Queen Mary, University of London and University of Oxford believe that the development of the immune system of a baby and their levels of vitamin D may be directly related to the month they were born in.

Currently, about 100,000 people in the UK living with MS. The neurological condition causes the body’s immune system to cause damage to the central nervous system, leading to loss of vision, hearing, memory and muscle control.

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The study found that those born in November had the lowest risk of being diagnosed with the disease, while children born in May was the highest.

The researchers examined extracted from the umbilical cord of newborn baby blood. 50 of them were born in November and 50 May.

The results indicate that babies May had vitamin D levels that were on average 20 percent lower than those born during the month of November.

Co-author Dr. Sreeram Ramagopalan, professor of neuroscience at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, said: “By showing that the month of birth has a measurable impact on in utero development of the immune system this study provides a potential of the widely observed ‘month of birth effect in MS biological explanation. “

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