5 studies you may have missed
October 4th, 2013
01:45 PM ET

5 studies you may have missed

Here's a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health, mind and body. Remember, correlation is not causation – so if a study finds a connection between two things, it doesn't mean that one causes the other.

ICU puts patients at risk of cognitive impairment
Journal: New England Journal of Medicine

A new study finds an alarming trend: Thinking and memory problems can last at least a year in patients discharged from the intensive care unit.

Adults who have been in the ICU because of respiratory failure or shock were evaluated three and 12 months after discharge. Of the 821 participants, 74% had developed delirium, characterized by confused thinking, while in the hospital.

Researchers found signs of persistent cognitive impairment in both older and younger patients.

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