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Financial crisis increases suicides and homicides

Market crashes could lead to rises in homicides and suicides, unless governments invest in labour market protections, according to a study published in today's Lancet . Researchers at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Oxford University estimated that soaring stress brought on by...

Almost Quarter of Suicides Involve Intoxication

Men, American Indians, Hispanics were most vulnerable, report shows THURSDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 25 percent of people who take their own lives are intoxicated when they commit the act, U.S. health officials report. From 2001 to 2005, there were an estimated 79,646 al...

Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD Announces: Vets' Sudden Cardiac Deaths Are Not Suicides or Overdoses

EL CAJON, Calif., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD today announced the results of his research into the "series" of veterans' deaths acknowledged by the Surgeon General of the Army. Upon reading the May 24, 2008, Charleston (WV) Gazette article "Vets taking Post Traumatic Str...

Youth Suicides Continue to Rise in U.S.

One reason may be reluctance to prescribe antidepressants, study suggests TUESDAY, Sept. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Suicides among U.S. children appear to be on the rise after a 15-year decline, and the trend may owe, in part, to fewer teens being prescribed antidepressants, a new study sug...

Growing Public Health Crisis of Domestic Violence and Suicides by Returning Veterans

Forum to Explore Solutions Presented by The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology WEST ROXBURY, Mass., June 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --"We are greatly concerned in this state about the 'invisible wounds of war' - the mental health of our returning veterans, the stress, depression ...

Teen Suicides Up Sharply for First Time in Years

Fewer antidepressant prescriptions a factor in trend, expert says THURSDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Youth suicide rates rose 8 percent from 2003 to 2004, the largest annual increase in 15 years and a reversal of a decade of declines, a new government report shows. "Our news toda...

Newer antidepressants led to less, not more, teen suicides

A new study by researchers at the University of South Florida and University of Illinois suggests FDA mandated warnings about suicide in teens treated with antidepressants could have the unintended consequence of placing more youth at risk. When a possible connection was suggested between teens...

Group Suicides On The Rise In Japan

Japan recorded a total of 91 suicides in 2005 through what is known as group suicides organized through the Internet, up from 55 deaths the previous year, according to a recent survey. The number of group suicides and related deaths// almost tripled from 2003, the first year the National Police Age...

Kashmir Battles Alarming Increase in Suicides

There has been an alarming rise in the number of suicides ever since a separatist campaign erupted in Jammu and Kashmir way back in 1989 . Unfortunately, most such incidents have gone unnoticed. Although police records show that there were 736 cases of attempted suicide from 2001 until May ...

Study Examines the Pathologization of Guantanamo Suicides

In an article published in International Political Sociology, author Alison Howell traces the psychological pathologization of the Guantanamo detainees , noting that both advocates and resisters of the detainment accredit the attempted suicides to the impaired psyches of the suspects. As t...

Domestic Violence in Australia Leads to Number of Suicides

Advanced countries? No matter, domestic violence against women continues to be a major scourge. Burden of Disease and Injury in Australia, a comprehensive report released Saturday, said nearly a third of female suicides in the country could be attributed to domestic violence. So also 15 ...

Army to Conduct Psychological Tests During Recruits to Curb Suicides

The Indian Army is to conduct psychological tests on its recruits in a bid to control the large number of suicides and fratricides that have occurred in the past few years, a defence scientist said Friday. "Through the new tests (being introduced from October), we would be able to gauge th...

Study Examines the Pathologization of Guantanamo Suicides

In an article published in International Political Sociology, author Alison Howell traces the psychological pathologization of the Guantanamo detainees//, noting that both advocates and resisters of the detainment accredit the attempted suicides to the impaired psyches of the suspects. As th...

The big brain in suicides

A study from England has found that people who commit sucide have heavier brains than most people. The human brain normally weighs about 1400g in men and 1300g in women, but can drop in weight with some diseases like Alzheimers, Schizophrenia, Parkinson’s and alcoholism.// Emad Salid from Li...

Gloomy Days Dim Cognitive Powers of the Depressed

...nd investigation." Prior studies have demonstrated a strong link between SAD and other forms of depression, and even with rates of violent murders, suicides and aggressive behavior. Depression tends to become more pronounced in darker months, while aggressive behaviors tend to escalate in lighter months. ...

Anti-Smoking Drugs Get FDA 'Black-Box' Warning

...suicide or dying, the FDA said. Rosebraugh said there were reports of 98 suicides and 188 suicide attempts involving Chantix, and 14 suicides and 17 attempts reported with Zyban. For many users, the problems starte...

STOP SMOKING ONLINE: Houston Psychologists Develop Groundbreaking, Interactive Stop Smoking Program

...ie each year from tobacco-related disease - Smoking causes more deaths than alcohol, AIDS , illegal drugs, car crashes, fires, murders, and suicides combined. - Someone dies from smoking every 72 seconds . HOUSTON, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- DaretoQuit.com is the only online stop smoking...

Sedatives Increase Suicide Risk Among Elderly

...rease the risk of suicide in the elderly, Swedish researchers say. In their study, hypnotic medication also was linked with a greater likelihood of suicides in older people. "Sedative treatment was associated with an almost 14-fold increase of suicide risk in the crude analysis and remained an independent ...

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Concerned by Stigma of PTSD and Mental Illness in Military

...needed care." According to recently released military data, U.S. Army suicides outnumbered all combat deaths in January of this year. 2008 was also the fourth year in a row in which suicides among soldiers rose. "Post traumatic stress disorder is very serious,...

Reducing suicidal behaviors among adolescents

... reduced income and premature mortality. Rashad hopes more research will be done on the topic, but she recommends efforts aimed at preventing youth suicides focus on educating youths and fostering healthy attitudes with regard to weight. "The prevalence of body dissatisfaction, among special population...

Wounded Warrior Project's Project Odyssey Aims to Teach Coping Skills for Combating Post-Traumatic Stress in Wounded Warriors

...tinue at home. According to recently released military data, U.S. Army suicides outnumbered all combat deaths in January of this year. And 2008 was the fourth year in a row in which suicides among soldiers rose. "Wounded Warrior Project believes that nature an...

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado and its Foundation Commit $1.6 Million in 2008

... to support Denver's plan to eradicate homelessness. Pueblo Suicide Prevention Center, to maintain 24-hour help lines and hotlines to prevent suicides in this area of the state. Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved , to support the KidsBlitz Initiative to enroll children in the St...

VA Suicide Prevention Hotline Credited with 2,600 'Saves'

... WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the military deals with a record number of suicides among active-duty forces, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki reminded Veterans and their families that the Department of Veterans Affairs ...

With Depression, Vets Face Higher Suicide Risk

... The study confirmed what others have shown: that the first 12 weeks after starting antidepressants is a higher risk period for patients, with 210 suicides per 100,000 person-years, but that the risk returns to normal thereafter. "However, patients were at very high risk for suicide immediately follow...

LegalView Updates its Baxter Heparin Information Portal with Conflicting News Reports on the Possible Dangers

...egedly developing conditions such as depression, mood disorders as well as suicidal tendencies and actions. There have allegedly been approximately 40 suicides linked to the use of Chantix, which is why it is imperative that smokers using the drug as an aid to quit smoking talk with their physician about alte...

Toxic Poinsettias? Hangover Cures? It May Be All Fiction

...icide over the holidays, but numerous studies have failed to find a peak of suicides during the holidays, according to Vreeman and Carroll. Dr. Marc Siegel,...ool of Medicine, said he wasn't surprised that there was not an increase in suicides during the holidays, because people tend to be surrounded by other people i...

Prognosis after attempted suicide impaired by psychiatric disorder

...cal depression on their first attempt. The study, which followed up people over a period of 21 years or more, also shows that many of the completed suicides were committed in the first years after the first suicide attempt. The short-term prognosis was particularly poor for people with schizophrenia, bipol...

What happens in Vegas? Place as a risk factor for suicide

...d to suicide disproportionately choose Las Vegas to reside in or visit. And, finally, there may be a 'contagion' effect where people are emulating the suicides of others, with Las Vegas acting as a suicide magnet, much like the Golden Gate bridge. Some people may be going there intent on self-destruction." ...

LegalView Informs Chantix Patients of Risk of Seizures Leading to Traffic Accidents

...side effects begin to surface. Nearly 400 reports of suicidal thoughts/tendencies/actions have been reported among patients with allegedly close to 40 suicides among patients caused by the smoking cessation drug. The drug went under investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but no link was...

Americans United for Life Assesses State Ballot Initiative Outcomes, Predicts Regrouping and Strong Comeback in Next Election Cycle for Life Issues

...the measure does not provide adequate safeguards for those suffering from treatable mental illnesses, and requires physicians participating in patient suicides to falsify death certificates. "The approval of Washington Initiative 1000 poses dangers for the rest of the nation," stated J. Margaret Datiles, AU...

Suicide Rates Rise Among Baby Boomers

...se significantly, accounting for 22 percent of all suicides by 2005. Among men, hanging/suffocation rates incr... years," he said. As for the difference between suicides among whites and blacks, Berman said whites have a...aths. There are an estimated eight to 25 attempted suicides for every suicide death, according the National In...

Young African-American Males Face Mental Health Crisis; Experts Call For New Treatment Strategies and Better Access to Care

... Studies Find Dramatic Increase in suicides among Adolescent African-American Males ATLANTA, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNe...ccess to health care. "Our entire society feels the impact of this failure. suicides and homicides have increased for this group, and the residual effect is imp...

Antidepressants in suicide prevention

...e of antidepressants on the national and regional level correlates, as expected with declining suicide mortality, and in no country has an increase in suicides due to antidepressants been reported. While there is no doubt that potential side effects of antidepressive medication concerning suicidal behav...

Racial disparities reduced in injury related mortality

...f injury and state. The researchers found that the reduction in racial disparity resulted from a decrease in motor vehicle crashes and firearm suicides among black males and an increase in suicide by suffocation (typically hanging) and unintentional poisoning, such as a drug overdose, among white male...

Drink and drugs fuel Scottish suicide and homicide rates

...ng mental health patients. The NCI examined all suicides and homicides in the general population in Scotlan... "In the time covered by the study six years for suicides and five years for homicide there were about 5,000 suicides and 500 murders in Scotland," said Louis Appleby, ...

JAMA publication features study on depression and head and neck cancer

...y. For example, he said, patients with tongue and larynx cancer compose only 2 percent of all cancer cases but they account for about 20 percent of suicides committed by cancer patients. A variety of reasons exist for the increased rates of depression in head and neck cancer patients, Dr. Burke said, in...

Teenage suicides: Study advocates greater family support

...ns and clues in order to make sense of the tragedy. With the recent teenage suicides in Bridgend, South Wales, there have been demands for improved suicide prev...h team from Ume University has already identified the phenomenon of cluster suicides where one suicide appears to have a contagious effect triggering further su...

Suicide Data on Web Mostly Not Preventive

...al information sites but also on 21 percent of the support and prevention sites as well as 55 percent of academic or policy sites. All news reports of suicides in the study also provided information about methods. The three sites that appeared most frequently during the Internet searches -- conducted using...

FDA Probing Possible Link Between Asthma Drug and Suicide Risk

...opment program, told Bloomberg News . The company declined to say how many suicides have been reported, saying only that it is a "very small number" relative t...air, there were no reports of suicidal thoughts or actions and no completed suicides in the patients who received Singulair," the statement read. "Additionally,...

Know Suicide's Warning Signs

...a time of renewal and hope, the greatest number of suicides in the United States occur each year in April and ...one suicide occurring every 16 minutes or about 11 suicides per 100,000 people," she said in a prepared statem... need of medical care. More than 90 percent of all suicides are linked with a mood disorder or other psychiatr...
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