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New guide to physical activity measures in longitudinal studies now available to researchers

23 October 2020

A new, searchable, online guide on physical activity measures used in six longitudinal studies, including the 1958, 1970 and Millennium birth cohorts, has been launched by CLOSER.

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1970 British Cohort Study Age 26 Sweep – Views and values

15 October 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – The Age 26 Sweep was the first adult follow-up of BCS70, and over 9,000 cohort members took part.

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NHS administrative data linked to Next Steps now available to researchers via UK Data Service

30 September 2020

Researchers tracking the experiences of the millennial generation can now explore a wider range of health-related questions, thanks to a pioneering new agreement which enables secure onward sharing of NHS Digital data linked to Next Steps via the UK Data Service.

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CLS wins major new grant to investigate impact of COVID-19

1 September 2020

The Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) has secured funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), to further its investigation into the immediate and longer term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people in Britain.

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1970 British Cohort Study Age 16 Sweep – Dietary diaries

27 August 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – During the Age 16 Sweep study members were given a 4-day dietary diary to complete. Analysed alongside dietary data from later sweeps, this information may help us to understand adult eating patterns, and health outcomes such as obesity and diabetes.

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Next Steps Age 31 Sweep – first draft questionnaire

20 August 2020

CLS is seeking input on the first draft questionnaire of the Age 31 Sweep of Next Steps, a longitudinal cohort study following 16,000 people born in England in 1989-1990.

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1970 British Cohort Study Age 10 Sweep – Medical assessment

6 August 2020

The Age 10 Sweep included measures of height, weight, head circumference, blood pressure, pulse, vision and hearing. Most of these measures were then repeated at age 16 and several were repeated in the Age 46 Sweep. This allows researchers to study trajectories of health from childhood into adulthood and how these are affected by other circumstances and behaviours throughout life.

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Research round-up – January to March 2020

1 May 2020

How much does one’s family background influence their midlife wellbeing? And, what effect does technology engagement have on teenage sleep? What is the psychological impact of having to work part-time when full-time jobs are not available? And, how important is cognitive ability in helping people climb the social ladder?

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Study of midlife health enhanced with new 1970 British Cohort Study accelerometry data

27 March 2020

New activity monitor data from the Age 46 Biomedical Sweep of the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) are now available for researchers to download from the UK Data Service.

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Young parents more likely to suffer ill health in later life

5 March 2020

Teenage mothers and men who become fathers by their early 20s are at greater risk of developing conditions such as heart disease and diabetes in middle age, compared to those who delay parenthood, according to a UCL-led study.

Medically assisted reproduction: the effects on children, adults and families

25 February 2020

This project aims to advance our understanding of whether Medically Assisted Reproduction (MAR) affects the wellbeing of families, and if so why. Using datasets from the Millenium Cohort Study, we analyse MAR’s effects on a large range of adults/child outcomes through innovative research designs.

The wellbeing and lifecourse trajectories of only children

25 February 2020

This research project aims to investigates the consequences of growing up without siblings, particularly longer-term wellbeing and life chances. 

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