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Babies born in April, May or June had a 17% higher risk of committing suicide as compared to others, a study shows.Updated: May 03, 2006 13:20 IST
British researches have revealed that babies born in spring may face increased risk of committing suicide.
Researchers studied 26,916 suicides in England and Wales and found that babies born in April, May or June had a 17 per cent higher risk of committing suicide as compared to those born in autumn.
The study by researchers from St Helen's and Liverpool University and the Institute of Child Health at University College, London, which was published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, found that several diseases were linked to seasons.
Nearly 30 per cent more suicides were committed among women by those born in spring. Among men, the rate was nearly 14 per cent higher than those born in autumn.
The researchers suggested that the increased risk reflected the fact that more people with alcoholism, depression and mood disorders are born in these months.
"We are born all the same but some of us are more vulnerable than others to certain diseases," they said.
Scientists have established seasonal birth trends for a number of diseases, including some cancers, heart disease and brain tumours.
The authors said, "Our results support the hypothesis that there is a seasonal effect in the monthly birth rates of people who kill themselves and that there is a disproportionate excess of such people born between late spring and midsummer compared with the other months."
First Published: May 03, 2006 10:31 IST