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MS risk 'higher for babies born in April'

MS risk 'higher for babies born in April'
4th January 2010

Scientists have discovered that babies born in April are more likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) in later life, possibly boosting chances of them requiring residency in a care home.

Glasgow University and Southern General published the results in the European Journal of Neurology and is the biggest study of the condition carried out in Scotland, which has the highest rate of MS in the world.

Co-author of the study and member of the institute of neurological sciences at the Southern General Dr Colin O'Leary said several theories are being explored in relation to the statistics, adding that the springtime correlation is "very interesting".

He continued: "Seasonal risk may be a reflection of adverse events that occurred at the time of birth, in utero in the preceding nine months, or during the months following birth, when the central nervous system continues to undergo rapid development."

Dr O'Leary added that there could be a likelihood that reduced sun exposure could be linked to low vitamin D levels.

According to the MS Society, around 100,000 people in the UK have MS.

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