Similar rhythms of seasonal conceptions in neural tube defects and schizophrenia: a hypothesis of oxidant stress and the photoperiod.

@article{Marzullo2005SimilarRO,
  title={Similar rhythms of seasonal conceptions in neural tube defects and schizophrenia: a hypothesis of oxidant stress and the photoperiod.},
  author={Giovanni Marzullo and Frank Clarke Fraser},
  journal={Birth defects research. Part A, Clinical and molecular teratology},
  year={2005},
  volume={73 1},
  pages={1-5}
}
BACKGROUND Numerous studies have found that people with schizophrenia tend to be born most often in late winter and least often in late summer. The same rhythm appears in the birth of children with neural tube defects (NTDs). In the northern hemisphere, both disorders thus show a conception peak in May-June and a trough around November-December. The senior author found the same May-June conception peak among left-handed American baseball players and the opposite effect (a November-December peak… CONTINUE READING
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