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April 11, 2016

Children of older mothers do better

Children of older mothers are healthier, taller and obtain more education than the children of younger mothers. The reason is that in industrialized countries educational opportunities are increasing, and people are getting healthier by the year. In other words, it pays off to be born later. more

December 8, 2015

Forever young

Senescence, the decay of a living body with age, is not inevitable for all species, as a long-term experiment with the freshwater polyp Hydra proves. more

September 24, 2015

Culture during childhood shapes family planning

New study on migration and fertility: Women born in Turkey become mothers earlier and more often after migrating to Germany than women born in Germany to Turkish parents.
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September 22, 2015

From east-west divide to patchwork quilt

The east-west divide in the life expectancy of German women is being replaced by a patchwork quilt, as a new MPIDR analysis opf regional trends shows. The Ruhr region and Saarland are falling behind. Economic development is an increasingly important factor. more

August 5, 2015

Happiness and second births

New study: Couples who perceive a drop in happiness in the first year after they became parents, have a lower probability of having second children. more

October 15, 2014

Effect of the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Three hours of life per euro

Each additional euro eastern Germans received in benefits from pensions and public health insurance after reunification accounted for three additional hours of life expectancy, a new study by MPIDR researcher Tobias Vogt shows. more

July 24, 2014

Non-marital births: Germany┬┤s East-West divide will stay

Births before marriage are common in East Germany, but not so in the West. The historical roots of this divide date back to well before 1945. It will stay for long. more

April 17, 2014

Infectious diseases: Resistance over generations

MPIDR study proves trans-generational defense mechanism in humans: If the environmental disease load at conception is high mortality of the children is reduced during epidemics. more

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