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  1. Research findings

    Genes can explain preterm birth

    Six genetic variables can explain the length of pregnancy and preterm delivery, according to a major international study. The results have been confirmed by an analysis of genetic data from Nordic women.

  2. Research findings

    Child neurodevelopment not affected by mobile phone use in pregnancy

    Mobile phone use during pregnancy is not linked to adverse effects on children’s language and motor skills, according to a study using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study.

  3. Research findings

    Can medication for anxiety and sleeping problems during pregnancy harm the child?

    New research from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study shows that anxiolytic use during pregnancy can increase the risk of mental problems in the child.

  4. Research findings

    Maternal iodine deficiency can affect child development

    A low iodine intake among pregnant women may be associated with poor language development, reduced fine motor skills and behavioural problems when the child is three years old.

  5. Research findings

    Centre of Excellence for Fertility and Health established at NIPH

    The Research Council of Norway has awarded the status of Norwegian Centre of Excellence to the Centre for Fertility and Health.

  6. Research findings

    Twelve genes influence fertility

    An international research team has found twelve genes that may help determine why some people have children at an early age, while others remain childless.

  7. News

    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.

  8. Research findings

    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.

  9. Research findings

    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.

  10. Research findings

    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.

  11. Research findings

    Neurodevelopmental effects of prenatal exposure to paracetamol

    Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is the most commonly used medicine in pregnancy, yet there are very few studies that have investigated the possible long-term consequences for the child.

  12. Research findings

    Environmental contaminants may reduce immunity

    Exposure to environmental contaminants during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of infections during the first three years of life and a reduced response to childhood vaccines. This was found in two studies from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health from 2013 and 2012.

  13. Research findings

    Clear association between cerebral palsy and low Apgar score

    A 2010 study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health showed a clear association between CP and Apgar score in children with both normal and low birth weight.

  14. Research findings

    Increased risk for cerebral palsy for pre- and post-term births

    A 2010 study that used data from the Medical Birth Registry of Norway found that infants born at 42 weeks or later have an increased risk of cerebral palsy compared to birth at 40 weeks.