Birthday shaped future

“Nineteenth-century farmers suffered very different fates, depending on which month they were born in, new research suggests.

Women born in northern Quebec in June left on average seven more grandchildren than those born in April. “That’s a huge effect,” says ecologist Virpi Lummaa of the University of Cambridge, UK.

The result suggests that the earliest stages of life affect future reproduction. Birthweight and early growth are known to have many affects on adult health, including the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and schizophrenia….