After Care, Women Take Care
Women tend to live longer than men after a major illness, and the reason may be differences in how they seek treatment.
Danish researchers looked at how 65,000 adults ages 60 and older accessed care before and after being admitted to a hospital for one of four major diseases, among them heart attack and cancers of the digestive tract.
Case in point: Before being admitted for a heart attack, 1 in 4 men hadn't used primary care compared to 1 in 7 women; following hospitalization, 2% of men didn't visit their doctors compared to 1% of women.
Even when men used primary care services, they tended to have fewer visits on average than women.
The findings are an association, not cause and effect, but they clearly suggest that regularly seeing one's doctor, especially after a serious illness, likely means you'll have many more opportunities to see one's doctor in the future.
Virtual Nursing Home Visits
A new AARP poll of U.S. adults ages 50 and older found that 96% supported the idea that nursing homes and other long-term care facilities should provide video visitation opportunities.
Strong majorities also supported facilities disclosing any COVID-19 infections to family members and a tax credit for those who serve as caregivers for a family member.
Highs and Lows in Cholesterol
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the percentage of people with high cholesterol levels has been declining over the past two decades, from 18% of U.S. adults in 1999-2000 to 11% in 2015-2018.