Stupid headlines are unavoidable. More than a few article writers absolutely hate the headlines the editors give to their stories.
Unfortunately, writers don’t have control over headlines unless they self-publish.
My skepticism of evolutionary psychology is precisely this Zee. At least these are traceable statistically.
What’s conclusive? This is science. But I see two different results in two similar studies done in two distinct climates.
As this is regarding seasons, which involve changes of climate, there appears to be a “something” possibly there.
Of course. Correlation =/= causation. But it’s through correlation that it becomes possible to track causation, if any. Without correlation, there is no pattern to follow.
Causes? No. But this is the realm of likelihoods. A difference of 3% is statistically significant to be notable. It is enough to justify selling a pill to “fix a problem” over a sugar pill.
It’s not saying, “ALL BABIES BORN IN JANUARY WILL…” it’s saying “don’t be surprised if…”
“all”. I’m saying your insertion of “all” is the problem here.
Why do doctors worldwide now recommend Vitamin D to everybody?
It’s because of these studies.
A baby gets its vitamins from the mother.
Why should it be surprising that lack of Vitamin D during the last trimester would have an effect on the baby in numerous ways?
Hypothesis: In Turkey, mothers get enough D.
In England, their Vitamin D intake depends on the season.
Vitamin D affects a number of body functions including brain development.
I suspect you’ll find Vitamin D is the common link you want.
b) different Vitamin D levels cause effects in pregnant mothers in late trimester.
c) Those effects pass on to the baby’s developmental processes including brain, birth weight, skeletal development.
d) these fetal effects last a lifetime