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BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 02 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:269

Season of birth predicts mortality in rural Africa: An analysis of births and deaths in three Gambian villages since 1949 shows that people born during the annual “hungry season,” when staple foods from the previous harvest are depleted, are up to 10 times more likely to die prematurely in young adulthood (Nature 1997;388; 434). The researchers, from the MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit, say …

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