Health Highlights, Nov. 2, 2021

U.S. seniors see increasing number of doctors. Nearly one-third of Americans adults over 64 visit at least five different doctors each year — reflecting the growing role of specialists in Americans’ health care, a new study shows. Read more

Americans teens doubled their screen time during pandemic. As teenagers dramatically stepped up their screen time during COVID-19 lockdowns, their well-being took a hit, according to a new study. Read more

New ‘Delta Plus’ COVID variant detected in eight states. U.S. health officials say they’re keeping close watch on a potentially faster-spreading Delta plus variant that’s been spotted in at least eight states. There’s no sign the variant triggers more severe illness or is resistant to current vaccines, however. Read more

Will pandemic surge in gun sales lead to rise in suicides? Suicidal thoughts are more common among Americans who bought guns when firearm sales spiked during the pandemic, compared to those among other gun owners or folks who don’t own guns, a new study shows. Read more