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Being born small doesn’t tend to disadvantage IVF babies’ cognitive development

10 March 2021

Children conceived through medically assisted reproduction who are born small do just as well in cognitive tests during childhood and adolescence as naturally conceived children who are born a normal weight, finds a new study led by UCL researchers.

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Research round-up – October to December 2020

5 March 2021

Researchers from around the world have been using CLS study data to tackle important questions. Here is a round-up over 40 new pieces of research that we’ve added to the CLS bibliography between October and December 2020.

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CLS studies part of £18.5m research project to investigate long COVID

18 February 2021

Data collected from CLS’s four cohort studies will be used to help improve the understanding of the risk factors, symptoms and treatment of the long term effects of COVID-19, in a major new research project announced today.

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NHS administrative data now linked to 1958 and 1970 birth cohort studies

15 February 2021

Information from the NHS about cohort members’ health care and treatment in hospitals has now been linked to two longitudinal cohort studies, which have collected survey data over six decades – the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS) and the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70).

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10% of teenagers have tried hard drugs by age 17

10 February 2021

Almost a third of 17-year-olds have tried cannabis and one in 10 have tried harder drugs, such as cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine, with similar rates of experimentation regardless of parents’ education level, finds a new study by UCL researchers.

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Wave 3 of COVID-19 survey now underway

2 February 2021

With the whole country in lockdown again, the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) is conducting another web survey of thousands of cohort study participants, to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the lives of different generations of people in the UK.

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Up to a fifth of adults have mental health problems in midlife

21 January 2021

Baby Boomers and Generation X are at the greatest risk of mental ill-health in middle age, finds new research by UCL.

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CLS opens up access to 1958 birth cohort biomedical data

18 January 2021

The Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) has redeposited data from the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS) 2002-2004 Biomedical Sweep, with most data now available to researchers under the UK Data Service’s standard access arrangements (End User Licence) for the first time.

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Poorer teens at substantially greater risk of obesity

17 December 2020

More than one third of UK teenagers are starting adult life with excess weight (either overweight or obese), and rates are even higher among the poorest, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. 

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Wave 2 of COVID-19 survey data from five national longitudinal cohort studies now available

11 December 2020

Researchers can now access new information about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of almost 26,000 cohort study participants.

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Research round-up – April to September 2020

25 November 2020

Researchers from around the world have been using CLS study data to tackle important questions. Here is a round-up over 100 new pieces of research that we’ve added to the CLS bibliography between April and September 2020.

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High levels of serious mental health difficulties among 17-year-olds

20 November 2020

16% of teenagers report high levels of psychological distress at age 17, finds a new study led by UCL researchers based on data collected in 2018-19. The findings also show 24% of young people report self-harming and 7% report self-harming with suicidal intent by age 17.

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