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Writing DNR Orders Takes Longer, Death More Likely When Surrogate Decision-Maker Involved

July 11, 2011 -- Indiana University and Regenstrief Institute researchers report that it takes significantly longer for orders to forgo resuscitation in the event of cardiac arrest to be written for patients who had that decision made for them by a surrogate decision-maker compared to patients who made their own decisions, even though patients with a surrogate were sicker and the resuscitation issue might arise sooner. Among patients who died, patients with a surrogate had a shorter time frame between writing the DNR order and time of death compared to patients who made their own decisions. read more...

New Compound May Accelerate Bone Healing, Prevent Osteoporosis

August 17, 2011 -- An Indiana University scientist studying human bone growth has received a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study a chemical compound with potential to fight osteoporosis and accelerate broken bone healing. read more...

Even Mild Cognitive Impairment Appears to Substantially Increase Risk for Death

September 6, 2011 -- Cognitive impairment, even when detected at an early, mild stage, is a significant a predictor of decreased life expectancy. read more...

Protecting Our Brains: Tackling Delirium

November 17, 2011 -- A new national plan of action provides a roadmap for improving the care of patients with delirium, a poorly understood and often unrecognized brain condition that affects approximately seven million hospitalized Americans each year. read more...