As scientists are finding out, WHEN you were born may affect your health more than you previously thought. And, no, we're not talking about astrology here, either.
A few months ago, a study came out showing that winter babies tended to grow up and suffer more bouts of depression. Then another study found summer babies had better health later in life, perhaps because of the extra vitamin D they received while still in utero.
Now just in time for allergy season, a new study has found that the season of your birth could determine the allergies you suffer from. Researchers from the University of Southampton found specific markings in DNA that are associated with the season of birth--and linked to specific allergies. Even more amazingly, the effects are long-lasting.
"Epigenetic marks are attached onto DNA, and can influence gene expression (the process by which specific genes are activated ) for years, maybe even into the next generation. Our study has linked specific epigenetic marks with season of birth and risk of allergy," Dr. John Holloway, a professor at the university, commented in a statement.
The study found that babies born in the fall are at a higher risk of eczema. And those born in the winter, a higher risk of asthma. The scientists suspect the reason may have something to do with diet, sunlight, and even temperature, but more research needs to be done.
via Daily Mail.co.uk
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