MedPage Today (7/13, George) reports, “Delirium was linked to long-term cognitive decline in both” hospitalized “surgical and nonsurgical patients,” investigators concluded. The 23-study meta-analysis revealed that “patients who experienced an episode of delirium were more than twice as likely to show long-term cognitive decline than patients without delirium.” The findings were published online July 13 in JAMA Neurology. Psychiatric News (7/13) reports, “The circumstances of the delirium (following anesthesia, trauma, infection, and so on) did not affect the odds of future cognitive decline,” thereby suggesting that “the underlying mechanisms of delirium may be similar and possibly associated with inflammatory processes common to both surgical and nonsurgical contexts, the investigators noted. (SOURCE: APA Headlines)