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Monthly distribution of menarche in three provinces of north Italy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9074751     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Data on recalled month of menarche and month of birth have been collected in a sample of 1505 secondary-school students resident in three provinces of North Italy, to examine the monthly distribution of menarche and the relationship between season of birth, season of menarche and age at menarche. Menarche occurrence showed peaks of frequency in January and July-September, and troughs in October-November and February-May. This pattern was consistent with those reported in other Italian areas. Cases of coincidence between month of menarche and month of birth were significantly more frequent than expected at random. Mean age at menarche varied significantly according to the season at which menarche occurred, and a different pattern in the monthly distribution of menarche has been shown in early- and late-maturing girls. The distribution pattern of menarche occurrence observed in North Italy appears to be related to the rhythm of schoolwork activity. The possible influence of psychosocial stress on the trends in evidence is discussed.
Authors:
P Gueresi
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of human biology     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0301-4460     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Hum. Biol.     Publication Date:    1997 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-05-29     Completed Date:  1997-05-29     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404024     Medline TA:  Ann Hum Biol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  157-68     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Female
Humans
Italy
Menarche*
Seasons
Time Factors

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