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November 25, 2020

No Does Not Mean Never: Older Does Not Necessarily Equate to Fewer Children

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In her latest study, researcher Natalie Nitsche analyzed the fertility behavior of women with university degrees from the U.S. She compared two groups of highly educated women over the past 80 years. more

November 24, 2020

Breast Cancer: Knowledge About Screenings Does Not Change Prevention Behavior

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The more informed you are, the better decisions you make, right? Research scientist Peter Eibich investigated whether women in the EU are more likely to have a breast cancer screening as a result of having been informed about the examination and treatment as part of an appointment invitation. Turns out, that is not the case. more

November 23, 2020

An Inside Look Into a Special Publication on Alcohol-Related Mortality in Eastern Europe

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Domantas Jasilionis, alongside with David A. Leon and Robin Room, recently edited Drug & Alcohol Review’s Special Section on the impact of alcohol on mortality in Eastern Europe. In this interview, the researcher gave us an inside look into this collection and explains why research on this topic is still needed in the future. more

November 12, 2020

The Desire for Children Amongst Highly Educated US-American Women

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Women with college degrees in the US are less likely than others to become mothers, even if they had previously wanted a large family when they were younger. If these women decide to start a family though, they have the most children in the study compared to other demographics, found Natalie Nitsche in her recent paper. more

November 11, 2020

Using Bibliometric Records to Analyze Internal Migration of Researchers

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A team at the MPIDR investigated the migration of researchers within Mexico using millions of bibliometric records. Their framework can now be used to analyze scientific mobility in other countries as well. more

November 06, 2020

How Fertility Declined in Latin America Amongst Different Social Classes in the 20th Century

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Research scientist Andrés Castro recently analyzed the decrease of the complete fertility rate in six Latin American countries – examining different social classes during the second half of the 20th century. He found substantial differences between upper-class und lower-class women and suggests a change of perspective when studying fertility decline. more

November 05, 2020

Parents’ Well-Being: Gender Composition of Children Does Not Matter

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For the first time, research scientist Daniela Negraia analyzed US-American survey data to investigate if parents’ happiness – during time spent with children – is influenced by the gender composition of their children. It is not. more

October 15, 2020

How individual diseases affect the life expectancy of the entire population

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Better safe than sorry. With diseases, this applies not only to each and every one of us, but also to society as a whole. Life expectancy in Western Europe could soon stop rising if more and more people with a history of illness were to live. more

October 01, 2020

Hospital Care in Denmark: More Geriatric Staff Needed by 2050

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The population is aging in high income countries, and the proportion of older people with major chronic conditions being treated in hospitals is growing. Therefore, the need for hospital care rises. In the case of Denmark, that demand will almost double between 2013 and 2050. more

September 01, 2020

Mortality Worldwide: Be Generous, Live Longer

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Sharing is caring: the more resources people share within a society, the better for health and longevity. Fanny Kluge and Tobias Vogt analyzed data for 34 countries on all continents and found a strong association between the amount of money shared between generations and longevity. 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.