By Gracie Bonds Staples The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tues., June 19, 2018 Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., and yet we still talk about it in whispers — if we talk about it at all. Time, though, has a way of demanding us to say something, do something. That time came in quick heartbreaking succession when fashion designer Kate Spade and author/chef Anthony Bourdain had both died from apparent suicide, and well, we had a reference point. Everybody was talking. That’s always a good thing. Talking about suicide and specifically about mental illness helps decrease stigma. It also helps raise awareness about the warning signs and the role we can play to help those battling mental health get the care they need. The big question that often arises for many of us is what can we do to prevent it? Article Continued Below Sadly, not much, according to experts. Read more: Helping people with suicidal thoughts needs the courage … [Read more...] about Experts weigh in on the difficulties of preventing suicide
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By BENEDICT CAREY The New York Times Thu., June 7, 2018 Suicide rates rose steadily in nearly every state from 1999 to 2016, increasing 25 per cent nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. In 2016, there were more than twice as many suicides as homicides. The figures were released two days after the death of celebrity designer Kate Spade. The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled her death a suicide. She had struggled with depression and anxiety for years, according to a statement released by her husband, Andrew Spade. “She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease,” he wrote. CDC officials, however, said that the national increase in suicide rates cannot be linked to a particular mental health diagnosis. The new analysis found that nearly 45,000 Americans ages 10 or older died by their own hand in 2016. The increase varied widely by state, from a low of 6 per … [Read more...] about U.S. suicide rates have increased 25 per cent nationally since 1999, report says
(Reuters Health) -Most states don't require suicide prevention training for healthcare professionals and those that do vary widely in the scope of their policies, U.S. researchers say.Despite national recommendations in place since 2012, researchers found that as of 2017, only 10 states - California, Indiana, Kentucky, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and West Virginia - required mental and behavioral healthcare professionals to complete training in how to spot someone at risk for suicide and take preventive action.Only three of these states - Nevada, Washington and West Virginia - include other types of healthcare professionals like nurses and physicians in mandated training. In Indiana, only emergency medical providers are required to have the training.The notions that healthcare professionals are uniquely placed to help head off a suicide and that training to prepare them for that role should be mandatory date to the U.S. Surgeon General's 2001 … [Read more...] about Gaps remain in US state policies on suicide prevention training
By Jesse McLean Investigative Reporter Thu., May 3, 2018 Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, paid Canadian doctors nearly three-and-a-half times more money than it doled out to U.S. prescribers, according to a Star analysis of the drug maker’s physician payments adjusted for the countries’ populations. Purdue Canada gave just over $2 million to Canadian health-care professionals in 2016 for services such as consulting and delivering speeches on conditions and treatments. That same year, U.S.-based Purdue Pharma L.P. paid American physicians $5.53 million (Canadian), according to a U.S. government database showing the financial ties between Big Pharma and prescribers. (2016 is the only year payment data is publicly available for both countries.) That means for every 1,000 residents, Purdue spent $58 on Canadian doctors compared to $17 in the U.S. Another way to look at it: Purdue gave $24 for every Canadian physician, while its U.S. operations … [Read more...] about Why did the maker of OxyContin pay Canadian doctors nearly three-and-a-half times more money per capita than it doled out to U.S. prescribers?
(Reuters Health) - People living in the U.S. but born elsewhere may have lower risk for heart disease and stroke than their native-born neighbors, suggests a new study.Foreign-born residents had a range of risks, however. Women from Europe and men from Africa or South America had the lowest stroke rates compared to U.S.-born peers. Heart disease rates were lowest among men and women from Asia, the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico and highest among men from the Indian Subcontinent and Europe.Heart disease is the top cause of death in the U.S., and stroke is the fifth-leading cause, the study team points out in the Journal of the American Heart Association.Past research has suggested that U.S. residents born elsewhere are less likely to die of heart disease than those born in the U.S., and less likely to have heart disease risk factors like obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure, the authors note.The foreign-born population of the U.S. has swelled from less than 10 million in … [Read more...] about Less heart disease, stroke in immigrants than in US-born