Birthdate clue to disease rates

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GIVING birth to a baby in November may reduce its chances of developing immune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, according to research.

The study, by scientists at Queen Mary, University of London, and the University of Oxford, suggests the development of newborn babies’ immune system and levels of vitamin D vary according to their month of birth.

They said their findings support the need for further research into the potential benefits of vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy. Around 100,000 people in the UK have MS, a disabling neurological condition which results from the body’s own immune system damaging the central nervous system.