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Half of all UK seven-year-olds do not get enough exercise, research suggests

22 August 2013

Half of all seven-year-olds in the UK are inactive for six to seven hours every day, according to new research using data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).

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Parents have bigger influence on children’s enjoyment of sport than schools do, research suggests

15 August 2013

Children are more likely to enjoy sport in school if they are active outside of school, according to a new study from the Institute of Education (IOE), University of London. The IOE research, based on data from more than 14,000 10-year-olds included in the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70), found that children who were active outside […]

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Welsh Government’s Early Years and Childcare Plan draws on evidence from the British birth cohort studies

18 July 2013

Evidence from the 1958, 1970 and millennium cohort studies has been cited extensively by the Welsh Government in its first Early Years and Childcare Plan.

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Parental divorce in childhood linked to increased risk of inflammation in adulthood

15 July 2013

People of divorced parents have higher levels of an inflammatory marker in the blood which is known to predict future health, according to new research using data from the 1958 National Child Development Study. Researchers at University College London (UCL) found that children who experienced the breakdown in their parents’ relationship before the age of […]

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Breastfeeding boosts ability to climb social ladder

25 June 2013

Breastfeeding not only boosts children’s chances of climbing the social ladder, but it also reduces the chances of downwards mobility, suggests study based on 1958 and 1970 cohort data. The findings are based on changes in the social class of  17,419 members of the 1958 National Child Development Study and 16,771 members of the 1970 […]

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Light drinking in pregnancy does not harm babies, new evidence suggests

17 April 2013

Light drinking during pregnancy does not affect a child’s behavioural or mental development, according to new research using data from the Millennium Cohort Study

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Money worries are keeping us from a good night’s sleep

13 April 2013

Many of us lie in bed counting money rather than sheep, it seems. And it is causing us to lose a huge amount of sleep.

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CLS tests new methods of collecting DNA samples from children

28 March 2013

New methods of collecting DNA using saliva samples could help enhance cohort datasets with valuable biological information, a new study suggests. Researchers at the Institute of Education‘s Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) and Ipsos MORI tested the viability of collecting saliva from 11-year-olds and their natural mothers and fathers. They found that most children and […]

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Mother’s age, education and ethnicity can predict operative birth, study finds

26 March 2013

Social and demographic factors such as mother’s age, education level and ethnicity can predict the likelihood of having an operative birth, according to new research based on the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).

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Lifelong exercise improves brain function, new research suggests

18 March 2013

Exercising from a young age improves cognitive function in later life, according to a new study from King’s College London.

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Work environment linked to one in six cases of adult asthma, study finds

24 January 2013

Conditions in people’s work environments – including exposure to cleaning products – are linked to one in six cases of adult asthma, a new study has found

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Key policy areas will be affected by the dynamic and volatile nature of UK identities, report finds

22 January 2013

The rapidly-changing nature of identities in the UK will have an important impact on future policies in crime, environment, health, education and skills, social mobility, social integration, and extremism, according to a new report.

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