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November 29, 2018

Dying in hospital: Declining trend, but not for everyone

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

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

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 1, 2017

Mother´s age doesn´t matter

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

May 10, 2017

More East German women to die from smoking

New MPIDR study: Due to a silent but dramatic increase in young East German women smoking after reunification their death rates are forecasted to exceed those in the West within the next few decades. more

December 20, 2016

Less children per man than per woman

A new MPIDR study makes birthrates for men in Germany available for the first time. Men on average have less children then women and have them later in life. Differences are strongest in eastern Germany, where men set a new world record for low fertility. more

November 22, 2016

Individual lifespans are becoming more similar

New PNAS study: The higher the life expectancy in a society, the smaller the difference between the ages at which people will die. Scientists discover a novel regularity for vastly different human societies and epochs. more

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