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Age 46 Sweep – Objective health data

18 February 2021

The 1970 British Cohort Study Age 46 Sweep had a significant biomedical focus, with objective health measurements and assessments being conducted for the first time in the cohort members’ adulthood.

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CLS studies part of £18.5m research project to investigate long COVID

18 February 2021

Data collected from CLS’s four cohort studies will be used to help improve the understanding of the risk factors, symptoms and treatment of the long term effects of COVID-19, in a major new research project announced today.

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NHS administrative data now linked to 1958 and 1970 birth cohort studies

15 February 2021

Information from the NHS about cohort members’ health care and treatment in hospitals has now been linked to two longitudinal cohort studies, which have collected survey data over six decades – the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS) and the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70).

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Wave 3 of COVID-19 survey now underway

2 February 2021

With the whole country in lockdown again, the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) is conducting another web survey of thousands of cohort study participants, to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the lives of different generations of people in the UK.

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CLS opens up access to 1958 birth cohort biomedical data

18 January 2021

The Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) has redeposited data from the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS) 2002-2004 Biomedical Sweep, with most data now available to researchers under the UK Data Service’s standard access arrangements (End User Licence) for the first time.

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Poorer teens at substantially greater risk of obesity

17 December 2020

More than one third of UK teenagers are starting adult life with excess weight (either overweight or obese), and rates are even higher among the poorest, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. 

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Research round-up – April to September 2020

25 November 2020

Researchers from around the world have been using CLS study data to tackle important questions. Here is a round-up over 100 new pieces of research that we’ve added to the CLS bibliography between April and September 2020.

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Middle-aged adults may be spending more time on the sofa than previously thought

28 October 2020

Almost three quarters of British middle-aged adults spend more than eight hours sitting each day, new objective data taken from activity monitors has shown.

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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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