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Month of birth is associated with mortality among older people in Japan: Findings from the JAGES cohort
University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology. Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, SCOHOST (Stockholm Centre on Health of Societies in Transition). University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
National Center for Child Health and Development, Setagaya-ku, Japan.
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2016 (English)In: Chronobiology International, ISSN 0742-0528, E-ISSN 1525-6073, Vol. 33, no 4, 441-447 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Month of birth (MOB) has been linked to a variety of health conditions in adulthood. This study examined the association between MOB and mortality among the healthy elderly in Japan, where a practice of traditional age reckoning was employed up until the late 1940s. The results showed male participants born in December were more likely to die earlier while those born in January had lower mortality. It is possible that social factors in early life, such as the time period when a birth is officially registered, may have implications for health that stretch across the life course.

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2016. Vol. 33, no 4, 441-447 p.
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Japan, month of birth, mortality, season of birth
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29940DOI: 10.3109/07420528.2016.1152977ISI: 000379537300009PubMedID: 27010376ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84961390039OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-29940DiVA: diva2:925396
Available from: 2016-05-02 Created: 2016-05-02 Last updated: 2016-08-04Bibliographically approved

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