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January 21, 2021
IU in the News is a daily review of the important news stories relating to Indiana University. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive gathering of news, and no editorial revisions are made to the content, which is presented as it was initially published or broadcast.

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Significant number of Americans believe false narratives about validity of election, IU surveys find

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Delirium or dementia: Know the difference

More than seven million hospitalized patients in the United States will experience some form of delirium every year. Forty-five percent of those patients will have persistent delirium at discharge and 26% will experience delirium three months after being in the hospital. When delirium lasts that long, could it be something else? "It is sometimes very difficult to differentiate between delirium and dementia because sometimes they are superimposed on each other," said Dr. Babar Khan, a critical care physician at Regenstrief Institute at Indiana University in Indianapolis. Since cognition impairment is present in both conditions, how can you spot the difference? "The main difference between delirium and dementia is delirium develops acutely and it tends to fluctuate, so the patient could be fine at one moment and very soon, they can be fluctuating," Khan explained.


Dead orangutans and burnt forests: Nature lovers see the ravages of climate change up close

There are economic consequences to climate change as well, some of which are manifesting already. Landon Yoder, an assistant professor at Indiana University's O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, wrote to Salon about how the farmers he has interviewed are "on the front lines in dealing with climate change. Most of them have noticed that rainfall patterns have changed and that when it rains it's more intense and less consistent." To cope with this problem, he found that a lot of farmers are using cover crops, or a non-commercial crop that they plant after they're done harvesting so that the soil will remain in place over the winter. "Several colleagues and I went out and interviewed 30 farmers last year in southern Indiana, where there is already above-average use of cover crops, to see whether climate changes were driving the use of the practice," Yoder explained. "We found that some farmers are using cover crops to deal with the intense rainfall, but that the learning process for cover crops is still challenging and that the additional spring rainfall from climate change in some cases has also discouraged some farmers from using cover crops because the additional moisture they retained delayed when they could terminate the cover crop and get into their fields to plant their cash crop."


Zoom fatigue saps grant reviewers' attention

Grant reviewers for the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) report shorter attention spans and lower engagement during video grant-review meetings than in those held face-to-face, finds a survey of 3,288 reviewers. The survey by the NIH's Center for Scientific Review (CSR) in Bethesda, Maryland, gathered information from reviewers who had participated in Zoom meetings between August and October 2020. Compared with in-person grant-review meetings, 46% of respondents said that they paid less attention during the video meetings, and 51% said that their engagement was worse. "I get tired of looking at all the faces in Zoom meetings, so I'll look at other things, too," says survey participant Alexander Dent, an immunologist at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. "But I'm certainly listening, and that happens at a normal meeting anyway."

Fox 59

Local hospital leaders take part in forum to discuss racism as 'public health crisis'

According to Dr. Joseph Tucker Edmonds with the local NAACP branch, Black Americans are dying more often and at younger ages in hospitals. He says the pandemic only heightened what was already an issue. Tucker Edmonds will be one of the moderators at the events. He is on the education committee for the NAACP and serves as an assistant professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at IUPUI. He says some of the reasons behind this are a lack of representation in healthcare workers. He also says some African Americans don’t get equal care or get care that is not culturally competent. "What we hope is that these CEOs of these hospital corporations will recognize that the Black community is alarmed and concerned. That they are taking very distinct and organized roles to advocate for the Black community more broadly. That we want good quality care. We want care that is equal and equitable," said Edmonds.

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