Study: Date of birth might affect mental health

December 6, 2010 8:14:59 AM PST
A new study indicates that the season of birth could play a role in mental health disorders later in life.

A study in mice shows those born in the winter are more likely to show dramatic disruptions in their biological clocks later in life compared with those born in the summer.

The finding is the first of its kind in mammals.

It could help explain why people born in the winter are at higher risk for mental health disorders.

The study was done at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.