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Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study

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The Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) is a unique study where more than 90,000 pregnant women were recruited between 1999 and 2008. Some of the mothers have more than one child in MoBa and the last child was born in 2009. Over 70,000 fathers have also participated. We will hold contact with these families in the years to come, collecting further data through questionnaires.

New guidelines for MoBa

New guidelines for MoBa

New guidelines for access to data and biological material from MoBa have been introduced. All principal investigators (PIs) should be aware of the revised guidelines.
Read more [10.02.2016]
Link between weight gain in first year of life and risk of type 1 diabetes

Link between weight gain in first year of life and risk of type 1 diabetes

The risk of type 1 diabetes seems to be higher among children with high weight gain during their first year, according to a new Norwegian-Danish study from the NIPH. However, the increase in risk is low, and most children who gain weight quickly do not develop type 1 diabetes.
Read more [18.12.2015]
Early life infections may be a risk factor for coeliac disease in childhood

Early life infections may be a risk factor for coeliac disease in childhood

Children with frequent infections in the first 18 months of life have a slightly increased risk of later developing coeliac disease compared with children who have few infections. This is the conclusion from a study by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
Read more [25.09.2015]
Organic food and malformations in the urinary tract (hypospadias) in newborn boys

Organic food and malformations in the urinary tract (hypospadias) in newborn boys

Women who ate organically produced food during pregnancy had halved likelihood of giving birth to a boy with hypospadias compared to women who never or seldom did so.
Read more [09.07.2015]
Regional Ethics Committee approval required for access to MoBa data

Regional Ethics Committee approval required for access to MoBa data

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health is changing the practice for accessing data files from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). This means that all researchers who want to access data from MoBa must submit a project specific approval from the Regional Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics (REC-approval) before questionnaire data can be released.
Read more [10.06.2015]
Successful InterPregGen Colloborators Meeting in Oslo

Successful InterPregGen Colloborators Meeting in Oslo

27 InterPregGen delegates from Europe and Central Asia met in Oslo in April to try to get closer to an answer to the mystery of pre-eclampsia in pregnant women.
Read more [21.05.2015]
Antidepressant use in pregnancy associated with anxiety symptoms in 3-year-olds

2015 research finding

Antidepressant use in pregnancy associated with anxiety symptoms in 3-year-olds

Three-year-old siblings exposed to antidepressants in pregnancy show increased anxiety symptoms compared to their unexposed siblings.

Read more [15.04.2015]
Link between toddler sleep patterns and behaviour at 5

2015 research finding

Link between toddler sleep patterns and behaviour at 5

Toddlers who sleep less than 10 hours a night or wake frequently are more likely to have emotional and behavioural problems at the age of five, according to a study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
Read more [15.04.2015]
High quality centre-based childcare can prevent developmental difficulties

2015 report

High quality centre-based childcare can prevent developmental difficulties

High quality centre-based childcare appears to prevent the development of language and behavioural difficulties over time, particularly among vulnerable children. The factors that appear to affect children include space for learning activities, staff education, relationships with staff, activities offered, time spent in childcare and group size.
Read more [19.02.2015]
MoBa film with English subtitles

MoBa film with English subtitles

A short film about the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study has been released, with English subtitles. It is intended to give a brief description of the study to participants, researchers, potential partners and other stakeholders.
Read more [26.01.2015]