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Cognitive function in healthy older European adults: the ZENITH study

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Simpson, EEA, Maylor, E, Rae, G, Meunier , N, Andriollo-Sanchez , M, Catasta , G, McConville, Christopher, Ferry, M, Polito, A, Stewart-Knox, B, Secker, D and Coudray, C (2005) Cognitive function in healthy older European adults: the ZENITH study. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION , 59 . S26-S30. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Objective: Baseline data are reported from a study of the effects of zinc supplementation on cognitive function in older adults as assessed by the CANTAB computerised test battery. Design: This is a multicentre prospective intervention study employing a randomised double-blind design. Setting: European community-based study. Participants: There are 387 healthy adults aged 55-87 y from centres in France, Italy and Northern Ireland. Interventions: Measures of visual memory, working memory and attention were obtained at baseline (prior to supplementation). Results: Younger adults (< 70 y) performed significantly better than older adults (> 70 y) on all tests, with minimal differences between centres. In addition, men outperformed women on tests of spatial span, pattern recognition memory and reaction times, although these gender differences varied somewhat between centres. Conclusions: The results are generally consistent with previous age- and gender-related effects on cognitive functioning.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Psychology Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)
Psychology Research Institute > Health and Wellbeing
Psychology Research Institute > Psychological Epidemiology and Mental Health
ID Code:11501
Deposited By:Dr Barbara Stewart-Knox
Deposited On:10 Feb 2010 14:57
Last Modified:22 Jun 2011 15:54

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