A group of people with something in common is called a ‘cohort’ in research.
Cohorts, or groups of people, are followed over time in longitudinal studies – imagine the study subjects marching forward together through the years, like a group of soldiers.
Long-term studies help us prevent the type of diseases that would otherwise land us in hospital.
Long-term studies help identify new risk factors for disease and how we might address them.
Birth cohort studies are an invaluable resource for researchers.
The Medical Research Council's National Survey of Health and Development turns 70 this month, and is more ambitious than ever.
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Children who were bullied had more than a two-fold increase in odds of depression later in life compared with children not victimised by their peers.
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Many people participate in biomedical research and it is estimated that one in 30 of us is enrolled in a cohort study at any one time. These studies contribute to, and enhance, our understanding of health…