Columbia University Scientists Find a Connection Between Health and Birth Month
Columbia’s Data Science Institute’s Dr. Nick Tatonetti, an assistant professor of biomedical informatics at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) writes in her study that there is a computational method of finding out the relationship between birth month and the kind of diseases they are exposed to.
The Journal of American Medical Informatics Association published this study and highlighted that people who have the lowest disease risk factor are born in May, while October born have the highest risk. New York City medical database was used to make the algorithm.
According to Dr. Tatonetti, ‘this data could help scientists uncover new disease risk factors.’ All researchers involved in this study plan on expanding it to other cities of America and countries using the same algorithm. They want to see the environmental differences the diseases have in contrast with the birth months.
“It’s important not to get overly nervous about these results because even though we found significant associations the overall disease risk is not that great,” Tatonetti said. “The risk related to birth month is relatively minor when compared to more influential variables like diet and exercise.”
This new research is consistent with some previously done researches. Authors found that people born in the months of July and October had higher rates of asthma. As for the kids born in May and August in Denmark showed the same results proving that at the time when sunlight levels are the same in both countries, people suffer from the same kinds of diseases.
“Faster computers and electronic health records are accelerating the pace of discovery. We are working to help doctors solve important clinical problems using this new wealth of data.”
Mary Regina Boland (Graduate Columbia University), lead author of the study says that the data collected and recognized in this research will further help doctors to solve their clinical issues.