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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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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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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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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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A study, not yet peer-reviewed, by Marília Nepomuceno and colleagues investigates how excess mortality differs based on given choices, such as the method and the time series length used to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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Migration of Scientists | July 27, 2021

Who Moves to Germany? Who Leaves Germany?

A team including MPIDR researcher Xinyi Zhao analyzed migration flows of scientists moving to and from Germany using bibliometric data from over eight million publications from the online publication database Scopus. The strongest connections are found with the US, the UK, and Switzerland. In areas like Engineering and Physics, female scientists moving to Germany may help moderate extreme levels of gender disparities among scientists.  More

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.