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October 08, 2019

Highest mortality risks for poor and unemployed

For the first time, researchers calculated reliably how mortality in Germany depends on education, income or employment status. According to this, unemployment doubles the risk to die. more

July 03, 2019

In poor countries birth spacing affects infant mortality / ranplett

In low-income countries children's chance of survival depends on the period between their birth and the birth of their sibling. In some cases, increasing the time between births by just one year can reduce the risk of infant mortality by about 50%. more

April 11, 2019

Lower Pension, shorter Life

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Income and social status have an increasing effect on life expectancy in Germany. On average, men with very low retirement pay die five years earlier than those who are much better off, a new MPIDR study shows. more

January 15, 2019

Medically assisted reproduction does not raise risk of preterm birth and low birth weight / rez-art

A new MPIDR study in The Lancet shows that couples can decide about using medically assisted reproduction free from concerns about increasing the health risks to their baby. more

January 08, 2019

Men no longer the “stronger” sex

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After reunification, men in East and West Germany felt healthier than women, but now that feeling has been reversed. Today, men consider themselves less healthy than women - especially in the East, a new MPIDR study shows. more

November 29, 2018

Dying in hospital: Declining trend, but not for everyone

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In many countries, the proportion of people dying in hospital has been decreasing for years. Until now, this was thought to apply to all age groups. A new study now draws attention to disturbing exceptions. more

April 26, 2018

Risk of death in East Germany started declining before German reunification


New MPIDR study: German reunification was not the only factor responsible for the rapid increase in life expectancy in East Germany. The process started ten years earlier in the GDR, when mortality started falling substantially. more

November 14, 2017

Later-borns choose less prestigious programs at university

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New MPIDR study: First-borns are more likely to study more prestigious subjects at university such as medicine and engineering and can thus expect greater earnings than later-borns, who turn to arts, journalism and teaching. more

July 20, 2017

A healthy lifestyle increases life expectancy by up to seven years

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People with good health behaviors can expect to live seven years longer than the general population, and to spend most of these extra years in good health. more

June 01, 2017

Mother´s age doesn´t matter

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New MPIDR study: A mother's advanced age at childbirth is not the reason for the elevated risks of low birth weight or preterm birth, but may instead be related to individual circumstances and behavioral patterns of the mother. 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.