Saturday, May 12, 2007

Reader's Digest Story

Greetings,

Recently we have found out that the Reader's Digest Asia Magazine (located in Singapore) has published the following story in the "Medical Update" section about our research studies and findings:



Long Life to Those Born to Young Mums

March 2007


First-born children of young mothers are more likely to make it to the age of 100.

After studying the data of 198 centenarians born between 1890 and 1893, University of Chicago researchers Natalia Gavrilova and Leonid Gavrilov found that first-borns were 1.7 times more likely than their siblings to reach the mighty milestone.

Birth order itself appears to be insignificant; the main predictor was if the mother was younger than 25 when she gave birth. "The protective effect of being first-born is mostly driven by young maternal age," says Gavrilov.

Among theories they offer to explain the findings are that a woman's best eggs are fertilised first and younger mothers are likely to be healthier.

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Long Life, Young Mums, First-born children, Young mothers, Birth order, Centenarian, Centenarians, Leonid Gavrilov, Maternal Effects, maternal age, mother's age, Natalia Gavrilova, Reader's Digest Asia


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2 Comments:

Blogger Veronica Tooke said...

Interesting stuff!

I have often wondered what the next generation is going to say about us.

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