Jennifer A. McMahon

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BACKGROUND The results of observational studies suggest that plasma homocysteine concentrations are inversely related to cognitive function in older people. Our objective was to test the hypothesis that lowering the plasma homocysteine concentration improves cognitive function in healthy older people. METHODS We conducted a two-year, double-blind,(More)
BACKGROUND In recent prospective studies, higher homocysteine concentrations were shown to be a risk factor for osteoporotic fractures in older persons. Supplements containing folate and vitamins B-12 and B-6 lower homocysteine concentrations. OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to determine in healthy older persons whether lowering homocysteine with(More)
Elevated plasma total homocysteine (tHcy) is a risk factor for vascular disease but lowering tHcy with B-vitamins, including folate, has generally not reduced vascular events in secondary prevention trials. Elevated plasma S-adenosylhomocysteine (AdoHcy) concentration may be a more sensitive indicator of vascular disease than plasma tHcy. However, unlike(More)
An issue that often confronts the clinician referred an elderly person for neuropsychological assessment is how to interpret the significance of changes in test scores over time. In this report, data useful for estimating the statistical significance of changes on the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (AVLT) are presented. The sample tested comprised 253(More)
Ormerod and Chronicle (1999) reported that optimal solutions to traveling salesperson problems were judged to be aesthetically more pleasing than poorer solutions and that solutions with more convex hull nodes were rated as better figures. To test these conclusions, solution regularity and the number of potential intersections were held constant, whereas(More)
An elevated circulating homocysteine concentration is associated with the risk of cardiovascular disease. The mechanism by which an elevated homocysteine increases cardiovascular risk is unclear but may be mediated in part by elevating blood pressure. It is well established that supplements containing folate, vitamins B-12, and B-6 lower homocysteine(More)
Daily supplementation with folate increases erythrocyte folate concentrations; however, the time to reach steady-state concentrations has not been empirically demonstrated. Previous predictions of time to steady state or time to 90% steady-state concentration, based on modeling changes in erythrocyte folate during short-term trials, range widely from 40 to(More)
OBJECTIVES Scores on neuropsychological tests are often used to detect abnormal changes in cognition in older persons. Accordingly, it is important to have normative data that allow the abnormality of a test score to be determined precisely and accurately. Regression equations that estimate an expected score based on demographic or premorbid factors can be(More)
BACKGROUND The apolipoprotein E (APOE) ε4 genotype is associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease. In community surveys, older adults with this genotype have been found to have lower scores on neuropsychological tests than those who do not. It is possible that this is the consequence of subclinical changes in cognition in those persons who(More)
There is evidence to suggest that folate, homocysteine, or both affect the (n-3) long chain PUFA composition of tissues; however, this evidence is derived largely from experiments with animals and small observational studies in humans. Results from randomized controlled trials are needed. The objective of this study was to determine whether homocysteine(More)