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Reduced lung function associated with cognitive decline in the elderly

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Dr Yutong Cai, University of Oxford, UK
Conference
ERS 2020
An analysis of longitudinal data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) found a connection between lung function and cognitive deterioration in elderly people over an average follow up of 12 years [1]. “Cross-sectional studies have suggested that lung function might be a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia in the elderly population. However, the evidence from longitudinal studies remains inconsistent,” Dr Yutong Cai (University of Oxford, UK) described the motivation for this cohort study. Thus, Dr Cai and colleagues investigated the possibility of a relation between lung function and decreased cognitive function over time. Included were 6,107 participants from the 2004/2005 wave of the ELSA cohort whose baseline data included complete cognitive function information. For every participant, at least 1 reassessment was available of their cognition between 2006/2007 and 2016/2017. Testing consisted of an evaluation of global co...


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