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Zodiac Killers?

When it comes to some diseases, doctors may consider your astrology chart

Author Nicholas DeRenzo

factHoroscope skeptics have long scoffed at the notion that your birth month could possibly have any significant impact on your life. True, being born in January may not, for example, decide whether this week is a good time to invest in real estate or to fall in love. But a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association suggests that it could actually predict something even more crucial: whether or not you’re at a higher risk to acquire certain diseases. Researchers at Columbia University designed an algorithm to analyze 1.7 million patients treated for more than 1,600 diseases in New York from 1985 to 2013. Surprisingly, they found 55 separate correlations between birth month and increased incidence of illness: March babies, for instance, show a greater tendency toward heart disease, November babies are prone to ADHD later in life, and July and October babies show statistically above average instances of asthma. In general, October babies come out particularly bad, with the highest risk of diseases, while those born in May sit prettiest. The researchers are quick to point out that birth month plays a much, much smaller role than other environmental factors, so May babies should think twice before feeling too untouchable!

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