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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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Children born after infertility treatment more likely to suffer from asthma, study finds

6 December 2012

Babies born after infertility treatment are more likely to have asthma at age five than children conceived naturally, according to findings based on the Millennium Cohort Study.

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ESRC social mobility briefings draw on evidence from birth cohort studies

21 March 2012

Briefings draw on evidence from cohort studies to show how education, health, parenting and poverty influence social mobility.

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British Medical Journal paper challenges widely-held views on premature babies’ health prospects

2 March 2012

Children born just a few weeks early have a slightly higher risk of health problems in early childhood, new research based on the Millennium Cohort Study suggests.

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