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December 15, 2017

Xu finds long term cognitive consequences of early life exposure to famine

Photo of Hongwei XueHongwei Xu and colleagues drew on data from China’s nationally representative longitudinal survey of middle-aged and older adults in 2011 and a 2013 follow-up survey and found China’s 1959-61 famine has had long terms consequences on those who were conceived and born in those years: Hongwei Xu says, “Many people believe that one’s cognitive ability will decline with increasing age. But for people who were conceived and born between 1959 and 1961 in China, the decline rate is more rapid than normal.”

Medical Xpress: Babies born during famine have lower cognition in midlife

Study in International Journal of Epidemiology