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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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