Fertility | August 02, 2021

Not Just Later, but Fewer: Women in Nordic Countries Now Have Less Children

Fertility in Nordic countries declined in the 2010s. Women now not only have children later in their lives, but also fewer. This is what MPIDR Research Fellow Julia Hellstrand and MPIDR Director Mikko Myrskylä found for the first time by analyzing up-to-date data from the Human Fertility Database (HFD) and Nordic statistical agencies.  More



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Laboratory of Fertility and Well-Being

Daniel Ciganda from the Laboratory of Fertility and Well-Being at MPIDR gives an Online Seminar Talk.  More

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USA | July 29, 2021

Postponed Retirement Slows Down Cognitive Decline

Postponing retirement is protective against cognitive decline. The beneficial effect is related to a slowed rate of cognitive decline rather than a boost in cognitive function. That is what a recent study by MPIDR researcher Angelo Lorenti and colleagues found by analyzing data from the U.S. Health and Retirement Study.  More

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Smith-Greenaway, E.; Alburez-Gutierrez, D.; Trinitapoli, J.; Zagheni, E.:

Global burden of maternal bereavement: indicators of the cumulative prevalence of child loss   BMJ Global Health 6:4, e004837–e004837. (2021)

Mehta, N. K.; Abrams, L. R.; Myrskylä, M.:

US life expectancy stalls due to cardiovascular disease, not drug deaths   Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 117:13, 6998–7000. (2020)

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Mortality Risk After Widowhood | July 28, 2021

For Some Immigrants, It Is Even Higher

Do persons with an immigrant background have an even higher risk of dying after being widowed than native-born persons? An international team including MPIDR researchers answers this question in their recent study.  More


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COVID-19 Blog | July 27, 2021

Blog Update: Why it is Important to Carefully Choose Inputs and Methods to Estimate Excess Mortality

A study, not yet peer-reviewed, by Marília Nepomuceno and colleagues investigates how excess mortality differs based on given choices, such as the method and the time series length used to estimate the baseline.  More

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