Show: September 16, 2012:
- Is prescription painkiller abuse on the rise?
- Can exercise help you finally kick the smoking habit?
- Can a powerful antibiotic used in animals fight superbugs without causing hearing loss in people?
- Is there a gender bias in vegetable consumption?
- How does marriage affect heart surgery outcomes?
- What techniques can aid women caring for their ailing husbands?
- View all topics for the week
How does marriage affect heart surgery outcomes?
Interview: Ellen Idler, Ph.D., a sociologist at Emory University and lead author of the study.
Guest Ellen Idler, Ph.D., conducted a study of the survival rates of heart surgery patients based on marital status. She found that married adults who have had heart surgery are three more times likely to survive in the subsequent three months than single adults. Idler is a sociologist at Emory University and the lead author of the study. She shares her conclusions and makes some proposals on why married people seem to have a survival benefit in the post-surgery period.