Last week we ran a story on how a baby's birth month could affect its future career path. We were delighted with the response and interest the story received (even getting a link from The Huffington Post, a prestigious American website).

For those interested, the original study was carried out by the Office for National Statistics for the Sunday Times, and although the report has not been published we have asked to see the study and will provide more information once we receive it.

It has, however, led to much discussion in the office. Does such a study legitimise astrology and horoscopes (after all, it is based on similar personality traits of people born in the same period of time)? Or is it just coincidence that debt collectors are more commonly born in the dark, grey month of January…

A study earlier in the year, presented at the Cheltenham Science Festival, made the link between health and birth month (which again provoked much discussion) - and shows that exposure to vitamin D in the womb that could influence some life prospects before the baby is even born.

A further study, by Southampton University, made similar findings, this time on the importance of the nine months in the womb and the first two years of life, and the impact of whether the mother smoked, took drugs, drank or was stressed during pregnancy.

It's clear that the scientific community is taking the notion of early childhood influences seriously, and the above shows that plenty of research has been carried out to find out why those early days, weeks and months are important.

What these reports also show is that for the best chance in life, have a November baby. Two of the last three presidents were born in November and autumn babies live longer (allegedly…).