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Lower income women more likely to drink in excess of official guidelines

22 February 2017

Among women with young children, those in low-income households are more likely to exceed recommended levels on alcohol, according to a new study.

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Road to heavy drinking depends on social background, study shows

26 January 2017

Young adults from working class homes are more likely to drink heavily if they smoked during their teenage years, whereas their middle class peers start drinking excessively if they go on to higher education.

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New NSPCC briefing paper draws on MCS data

2 May 2012

The challenges facing first-time parents are examined in a new briefing paper from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

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Childhood cognitive ability connected to long-term sick leave in adulthood

3 April 2012

There is a clear relationship between cognitive ability in childhood and the odds of taking long-term sick leave as an adult, a new study suggests.

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Light drinking ‘no risk to babies’

6 October 2011

Mothers who drink one or two units of alcohol a week during pregnancy do not increase the risks that their child will go on to experience developmental problems, research based on the Millennium Cohort Study has concluded.

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‘Tough love’ from parents decreases chances of teenagers binge drinking

20 September 2011

A ‘tough love’ parenting style is the most effective approach to preventing teenagers from binge drinking, a new study claims

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Breastfeeding aids cognitive development

17 March 2011

Research using Millennium Cohort Study data has shown that breastfeeding leads not only to healthier babies, but also brighter children.

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Parental factors associated with walking to school and participating in organised physical activities

10 January 2011

Research based on the Millennium Cohort Study looks at how much a child’s physical activity can be predicted by parental income and education, health behaviours and parents playing with them.

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Scots children more active than other UK children at age 7, study shows

15 October 2010

Scottish seven-year-olds are the most physically active in the UK, new research suggests.

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Northern Irish seven-year-olds are the happiest in the UK

15 October 2010

Childhood may not offer the freedom that it once did but most seven-year-olds in Northern Ireland are enjoying their lives. Their parents are generally content too, a major study suggests.

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Girls’ disrupted childhoods predict earlier pregnancy

15 October 2010

Newly-published research from the National Child Development Study shows that girls are more likely to become pregnant at an early age if they were not breast-fed, moved house frequently, or had a father who was absent or uninvolved in parenting.

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Smoking during pregnancy affects children’s coordination and physical control

23 September 2010

Women who smoke during pregnancy run the risk of adversely affecting their children’s co-ordination and physical control, according to a Swedish study using NCDS data.

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