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  • Columbia professors link ‘cluster of suicides’ to ‘distress’ over Trump (Comic relief for today)

    03/03/2017 3:49:33 PM PST · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 3, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    Two Columbia University professors recently sent a letter to the institution’s president that linked a “fog” of political suffering to a “cluster of suicides” by students. Professors Robert Pollack and Letty Moss-Salentijn, the co-chairs of the Columbia Faculty Affairs Committee, contacted Columbia President Lee Bollinger on Feb. 24 about the need to help “faculty to reach into themselves and find strength to express themselves.” The two mentioned student suicides before requesting venues for quiet conversations and easy access to websites dedicated to preserving freedom.
  • Why are so many bankers committing suicide?

    06/12/2016 9:03:39 AM PDT · by GraceG · 16 replies
    Three bankers in New York, London and Siena, Italy, died within 17 months of each other in 2013-14 in what authorities deemed a series of unrelated suicides. But in each case, the victim had a connection to a burgeoning global banking scandal, leaving more questions than answers as to the circumstances surrounding their deaths.
  • This House Costs Just $20,000—But It’s Nicer Than Yours

    For over a decade, architecture students at Rural Studio, Auburn University's design-build program in a tiny town in West Alabama, have worked on a nearly impossible problem. How do you design a home that someone living below the poverty line can afford, but that anyone would want—while also providing a living wage for the local construction team that builds it? In January, after years of building prototypes, the team finished their first pilot project in the real world. Partnering with a commercial developer outside Atlanta, in a tiny community called Serenbe, they built two one-bedroom houses, with materials that cost...
  • Banker Suicides Return: DSK's Hedge Fund Partner Jumps From 23rd Floor Apartment

    10/24/2014 9:48:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 10/24/14 | tyler durden
    The summer, thankfully, has been largely bereft of the dismal trend of bankers committing suicide, but as Bloomberg reports, Thierry Leyne, a French-Israeli banker and partner of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the disgraced former chief of the IMF, was found dead Thursday after apparently taking his own life by jumping off the 23rd floor of one of the Yoo towers, a prestigious residential complex in Tel Aviv. This is the 16th financial services executive death this year.  Bloomberg reports that Thierry Leyne, the French-Israeli entrepreneur who last year started an investment firm with former International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has died....
  • Banker Suicides Return: JPMorgan Executive "Blasts Wife, Kills Self" With Shotgun

    07/10/2014 5:25:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7/10/14 | Tyler Durden
    With Russia and China having briefly taken over the hub of global executive suicides, the sad trend has returned back to America. In what appears to the 15th financial services executive suicide this year, yet another JPMorgan Director took his own life. As IBTimes reports, Jefferson Township (New Jersey) police report that the Global Network Operations Center Executive Director, "Julian Knott, age 45, shot his wife Alita Knott, age 47, multiple times and then took his own life with the same weapon." They are survived by 3 teenage children... As IB Times reports, JP Morgan executive director Julian Knott blasted...
  • Golden Gate Bridge hits milestone in 2013 with 46 suicides

    02/25/2014 8:05:27 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune Reuters ^ | February 25, 2014 | Alex Dobuzinskis
    (Reuters) - San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge marked a milestone in 2013 as 46 people leaped to their deaths in what appears to be the deadliest year for suicides at the California landmark, a watchdog group said on Tuesday.
  • Suicide: A silent killer?

    02/05/2014 10:16:50 AM PST · by Phillyred · 29 replies ^ | Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 3:01 AM | SOLOMON LEACH
    WHEN LISA Schenke read about the sudden death of University of Pennsylvania freshman Madison Holleran last month, it brought back chilling memories. Schenke, a North Jersey mother, knew the story all too well: A high-achieving student and varsity athlete ultimately lost a battle with depression. Like Holleran, Schenke's son, Tim, committed suicide - in April 2008, months before he was set to attend Drexel University on an academic scholarship. "People don't expect depression in young people . . . that are keeping it together, at least for the public," she said. "And that is what Madison was doing, to continue...
  • Florida's largest gun dealer bans gun rentals in wake of suicides

    01/10/2014 4:11:51 PM PST · by aimhigh · 28 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 01/10/2014 | Henry Pierson Curtis
    Shoot Straight, Florida's largest independent gun-shop chain, has stopped renting guns to prevent its eight Florida ranges from becoming suicide parlors. Khaled Akkawi, founder of the Apopka-based chain, made the decision last month after the latest suicides at one his gun ranges. "We've had enough," Akkawi said Friday. "They've been increasing real fast and the one common denominator — everyone is done with a rental gun."
  • Who Knew? The Leading Cause Of Gun Death Is Suicide

    01/30/2013 7:28:34 AM PST · by I still care · 35 replies ^ | Jan 22, 2013 | Rpger Kay
    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about how the gun-death data showed a very weak correlation with gun-law strictness. I used data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) to derive a gun-homicide rate. In the comments section, a reader pointed me toward more-detailed data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which captures death-certificate data from all the states. Despite interference by the National Rifle Association (NRA), the CDC has kept up the basic data, if not research into the details of who, how, and why. But what we can...
  • US Soldier Suicides Outnumber Combat Deaths In 2012

    01/02/2013 1:24:43 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 10 replies ^ | December 28, 2012 | CBS DC
    American soldier suicides continue to outnumber combat-related deaths in 2012, and the trajectory for soldier suicides continues to get worse. Statistics released by the Department of the Army show that through November potentially 303 active-duty, Reserve and National Guard soldiers committed suicide. As of Dec. 7, Stars and Stripes reports that 212 soldiers have died in combat-related deaths in Afghanistan. The Army set a grim new record of 177 potential active-duty cases with 2012 coming to a close on Tuesday – 64 of these cases remain under investigation, 113 have been confirmed... .
  • Military Suicides 'Out of Control'

    11/20/2012 8:34:10 AM PST · by kristinn · 137 replies
    The Northwest Florida Daily News Herald ^ | Monday, November 19, 2012 | Randal Yakey
    CALLAWAY — Libby Busbee pounded on the window of her son’s maroon Dodge Charger as he sat in the driveway of their home earlier this year. Locked inside his car, U.S. Army Spc. William Busbee sat with a .45-caliber gun pointed to the side of his head. “Look at me,” his mother cried out as she tried to get her son’s attention. “Look at me.” He wouldn’t look. He stared out the front windshield, distant, Busbee said, relating the story from an apartment complex in Callaway. “I kept yelling, ‘Don’t you do this. Don’t do it.’ He wouldn’t turn his...
  • 3 deaths at (Obama supported) Occupy protests in 3 states (just like the Tea Party. /s)

    11/11/2011 12:23:39 PM PST · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    msnbc ^ | 11/11/2011 | ap
    Police are investigating a fatal shooting just outside the Occupy Oakland encampment in Northern California, the apparent suicide of a military veteran at an Occupy encampment in Vermont's largest city and a man found dead in a tent Friday morning in Utah. Salt Lake City's police chief has ordered all protesters to leave a city park after authorities found the body of the man, who was in his 40s. A cause of death was not available, but authorities say it did not immediately appear to be foul play. Police Chief Chris Burbank says the group will now have to pack...
  • Greek Crisis Exacts the Cruelest Toll (Suicides up by 40% in the first five months of this year)

    09/20/2011 4:59:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/19/2011 | Marcus Walker
    HERAKLION, Greece—The first time he despaired of his debts, Vaggelis Petrakis drank a poisonous brew of beer and gasoline. A note he left didn't mention the financial woes of his fruit and vegetable business, of which his family was well aware. Instead, he left instructions for his children on how to look after his animals. "Put mother rabbit in a different place from the little rabbits," the note began. Then he had second thoughts and called his son, Stelios, who took him to a hospital. Mr. Petrakis survived that suicide attempt. But Greece's collapsing economy and the ruin of his...
  • Apple says 'saddened' by string of suicides at Foxconn

    05/28/2010 9:18:50 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 601+ views
    Reuters ^ | 05/27/10
    Apple says 'saddened' by string of suicides at Foxconn HONG KONG Wed May 26, 2010 12:44am EDT HONG KONG May 26 (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Wednesday that it was saddened by a recent spate of apparent suicides at Foxconn (2038.HK), one of its key production partners, and would continue ongoing inspections of all facilities where its products are made.
  • Gun range staff struggling with 3 recent suicides

    05/18/2010 10:28:51 PM PDT · by skyman · 17 replies · 809+ views ^ | May 18th, 2010 | Sarah Dallof
    MURRAY -- A trio of disturbing self-inflicted gunshots at a Utah gun range is bringing attention to a federal gun law. All three people rented a gun at the range then turned it on themselves. It's an interesting law: Buy a gun from a store and you'll need to pass a background check; try one out, all you need to do is show ID. But that may not have prevented these shootings. The staff at Get Some Guns and Ammo is struggling with the self-inflicted shooting of one their customers Monday night. It's the third time it's happened in six...
  • Bullying and Harassing

    04/09/2010 1:41:13 PM PDT · by Patriot777 · 48 replies · 820+ views
    Denver ^ | April 9, 2010 | Patriot777
    DALLAS — A 13-year-old hangs himself in a Johnson County, Texas, barn. An 8-year-old jumps out of a two-story school building in Houston. Nine Massachusetts teenagers face jail time after allegedly harassing a girl so mercilessly that she killed herself. These incidents, all of which took place in one week, reframe the age-old phenomenon of the schoolyard bully. Students are turning to suicide, experts say, as an escape from taunts that now continue beyond the school day through cyberspace. Such drastic responses, they say, reveal how an action once considered a rite of passage has turned into a public health...
  • Suicide Findings Question Link to Antidepressants

    07/09/2007 11:17:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 450+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 10, 2007 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    Two large new studies in The American Journal of Psychiatry suggest that treatment of depression, either with psychotherapy or drugs, reduces the risk of suicide attempts in all age groups, especially during the first months of treatment. The findings raise further questions about possible links between antidepressant drugs and suicide. In 2005, the Food and Drug Administration, faced with evidence from controlled studies, mandated a “black box” notification on all antidepressant drugs, warning that their use in children and adolescents could increase the risk of suicide. In May, after reviewing controlled data from all age groups, the F.D.A. required an...
  • Study Finds Medication Raises Suicide Risks in Young Adults

    12/06/2006 12:24:39 AM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 482+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 6, 2006 | BENEDICT CAREY
    In a long-awaited analysis, health officials reported yesterday that antidepressant medications appeared to increase significantly the risk of suicide attempts and related behaviors in adults under 25, while reducing such risks in older people. The analysis, the most comprehensive and rigorous to date, found that suicidal behavior of any kind was rare, and that people taking the medications were no more likely to kill themselves than those taking placebo pills. But adults under 25 taking the drugs were more than twice as likely as those on placebos to report a suicide attempt, or to prepare for one by, say, writing...
  • Guantanamo suicide investigation may have made surprise finding

    10/16/2006 3:50:24 PM PDT · by mcg2000 · 14 replies · 1,107+ views
    FOX 21 Asheville ^ | October 16, 2006 | Staff
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico An investigation into three apparent suicides at the U-S prison at Guantanamo Bay may have uncovered a broader plot. According to court papers, a search of other detainees' cells after the three were found hanged turned up instructions on tying knots, along with several relevant notes in Arabic. The detention center's commander said in an affidavit investigators believe "the suicides may have been part of a larger plan or pact for more suicides that day or in the immediate future." Authorities say they confiscated personal papers from nearly all 450 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. The government...
  • New Depression Findings Could Alter Treatments

    08/11/2006 9:01:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 72 replies · 1,963+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 8, 2006 | BENEDICT CAREY
    The results of two new studies may signal a substantial shift in the way psychiatrists and researchers think about treatment for severely depressed patients. --snip-- In the other, psychiatrists in New York found evidence that antidepressant drugs significantly increased the risk that some children and adolescents would attempt or commit suicide. Doctors have debated this risk for years, but the authors of the study were skeptical of it, and their report may sway others. --snip-- The study of suicide risk, led by Dr. Mark Olfson of Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, was based on an analysis...
  • Bush Expresses 'Serious Concern' Over Suicides at Guantanamo Bay

    06/11/2006 6:10:13 AM PDT · by cougar_mccxxi · 33 replies · 842+ views
    Fox News | Sunday, June 11, 2006 | AP
    WASHINGTON — President Bush expressed "serious concern" Saturday over the suicides at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay and directed an aggressive effort by his administration to reach out diplomatically while it investigates. "He wants to make sure that this thing is done right from all points of view," White House press secretary Tony Snow said Saturday evening. Bush, who is spending the weekend at Camp David, was notified at 7:45 a.m. EDT. Snow said it was during his daily intelligence briefing just afterward when the president voiced his concern over the incident and directed that the bodies be...
  • Antidepressant May Raise Suicide Risk

    05/12/2006 6:51:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 882+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 12, 2006 | BENEDICT CAREY and GARDINER HARRIS
    After analyzing data from clinical trials, GlaxoSmithKline has sent letters to doctors warning that its antidepressant drug Paxil appears to increase the risk of suicide attempts in some young adults. The company said it had changed the labeling on the drug to reflect the finding of the study, which analyzed clinical trial data involving some 15,000 people. The study found that reported suicide attempts were rare but significantly more common in adults who took the drug for depression than in those who received placebo pills. The Glaxo researchers reported only one suicide in the trials, a number so small it...
  • Study Details Link of Drugs and Thoughts of Suicide

    03/07/2006 6:10:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 57 replies · 768+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 7, 2006 | BENEDICT CAREY
    Antidepressant drugs raise the small risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in depressed children and adolescents, scientists at the Food and Drug Administration are reporting today in a detailed published account of findings they reached in 2004. The study, an analysis of 4,582 patients in 24 drug trials, is the first widely published evaluation of data that the agency reviewed that year. The analysis found that about four children and adolescents of every 100 who took the drugs reported suicidal thoughts or behavior, twice the number among those who took dummy pills. The publication of the study is not likely...
  • Assisted suicides - Process is subject to abuse and unnecessary

    01/29/2006 10:35:55 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 475+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 1/29/06 | Editorial
    The U.S. Supreme Court's rejection of the Bush administration's heavy-handed threats to prosecute Oregon physicians has revived the debate over whether California should allow doctors to help their terminally ill patients commit suicide. The fact that Oregon's law has survived the court challenge does not make physician-assisted suicide good public policy. It emphatically is not, for the simple reason that it exposes the most vulnerable members of society – the elderly, the disabled, the poor, the mentally impaired, the terminally ill – to unwarranted pressures to take their own lives because they are a financial burden on their families and...
  • Record California inmate suicides are double national rate

    01/02/2006 3:38:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,147+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/2/06 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - A record number of convicts killed themselves in California prisons during 2005 - double the national inmate suicide rate, according to state records. The trend approaching one suicide each week is triggering new complaints from class-action lawyers that the state is stalling prevention efforts. Prison officials deny delays, saying they thwart the vast majority of suicide attempts. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reported 44 suicides in an inmate population that is at an all-time high - nearly 164,000 - though inmates' attorneys have so far been able to confirm only 41 deaths as suicides. Either...
  • Suicides and the “Gun Deaths” Fraud

    11/17/2005 1:14:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 792+ views
    Fraser Forum ^ | September 2005 | Gary Mauser
    Statistics Canada recently reported that “gun deaths” have declined (Wilkins, 2005). The media love such factoids, but they are meaningless. What would you think if hospitals announced that “bed deaths” have decreased— or increased? Would that be very helpful in understanding health problems?1 Doctors would be embarrassed to use such a vague term. But not public health bureaucrats. It is time to stop using the term “gun deaths.” The term is being used to distract the reader from understanding what firearms have to do with homicide or suicide. “Gun deaths” is a pot pourri of suicides, homicides, and accidents. The...
  • A Self-Effacing Scholar Is Psychiatry's Gadfly

    11/16/2005 5:37:36 AM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 852+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 15, 2005 | BENEDICT CAREY
    Scientist at Work | David Healy His mother in Ireland is entirely unaware of his international reputation, as far as he can tell. His neighbors in the hamlet of Porthaethwy, on an island off the coast of Wales, are equally oblivious, or indifferent. His wife, who knows too well the furor he has caused, says simply, "How could you be right and everyone else wrong?" Dr. David Healy, a psychiatrist at the University of Cardiff and a vocal critic of his profession's overselling of psychiatric drugs, has achieved a rare kind of scientific celebrity: he is internationally known as both...
  • Dying to Be Famous (school shooting)

    03/26/2005 8:41:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 2,595+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 27, 2005 | LIONEL SHRIVER
    OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR London ADOLESCENTS don't conceive the notion of strafing their classmates in a vacuum; they get the idea from cable TV. Bad news in itself, the 10-fatality reprise of the American school shooting last week at the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota bolsters the archetype. It makes a trend that had seemed to subside since Columbine in 1999 seem current again, and prospectively gives more boys big ideas. The lessons we've been meant to learn from school shootings have been legion. We need better gun control. We need to be more understanding of misfits. We need to stop...
  • Family Wonders if Prozac Prompted School Shootings

    03/26/2005 11:20:55 AM PST · by neverdem · 56 replies · 1,913+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 26, 2005 | MONICA DAVEY and GARDINER HARRIS
    Polaris Jeff Weise, whose rampage killed 10 people, took antidepressants. RED LAKE, Minn., March 25 - In their sleepless search for answers, the family of Jeff Weise, the teenager who killed nine people and then himself, says it is left wondering about the drugs he was prescribed for his waves of depression. On Friday, as Tammy Lussier prepared to bury Mr. Weise, who was her nephew, and her father, who was among those he killed, she found herself looking back over the last year, she said, when Mr. Weise began taking the antidepressant Prozac after a suicide attempt that...
  • Suicides in Marine Corps Rise by 29% [WaPoo. Barf bag recommended.]

    02/25/2005 7:20:46 AM PST · by aculeus · 32 replies · 669+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 25, 2005 | By Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post Staff Writer
    The Marine Corps suffered a 29 percent spike in suicides last year, reaching the highest number in at least a decade, with the demanding pace of military operations likely contributing to the deaths, the top-ranking U.S. Marine said yesterday. Thirty-one Marines committed suicide in 2004, all of them enlisted men, not commissioned officers. The majority were younger than 25 and took their lives with gunshot wounds, according to Marine statistics. Another 83 Marines attempted suicide. There were 24 suicides in 2003, and there have not been more than 29 in any year in the last 10.
  • Film captures suicides on Golden Gate Bridge

    01/19/2005 9:46:47 AM PST · by TenaciousZ · 83 replies · 3,995+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 01/19/2005 | Philip Matier and Andrew Ross
    Golden Gate Bridge officials are seething that a moviemaker who told them he was working on a "day in the life" project about the landmark was, in fact, capturing people on film as they jumped to their deaths. Eric Steel initially told officials he planned to spend a year filming the "powerful and spectacular interaction between the monument and nature" and that his work was to be the first in a series of documentaries about national monuments such as the St. Louis Arch and the Statue of Liberty. That's how he got the Golden Gate National Recreation Area's permission to...
  • Marines urged to seek help as suicides on rise

    By Rick Rogers UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER December 21, 2004 More Marines are committing suicide than at any time since the Corps started closely monitoring such deaths, prompting the government to step up intervention efforts based on a clear message – set aside your pride and seek counseling. The challenges of preparing for deployment to Iraq, the stress of combat and the difficulties of returning to postwar life seem to drive up suicide numbers, some counselors and Marine generals said. To encourage more service members to seek treatment, the Defense Department has beefed up its mental-health units deployed overseas. It has...
  • Congress 101: If You Want Success, Don't Mess With the Gun Lobby

    10/02/2004 11:06:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 81 replies · 3,367+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 3, 2004 | DOROTHY SAMUELS
    EDITORIAL OBSERVER For devoted foes of gun control, September was a banner month. It opened with Congress ignoring pleas from every major national police group to let the hard-won 1994 ban on assault weapons expire, and ended last week with the House approving a loony measure repealing Washington's strict gun laws. And that's not all. In between reinstating every hunter's sacred Second Amendment right to nail Bambi with an AK-47, and mischievously meddling in local affairs to pass a one-chamber bill to weaken public safety in the nation's capital, the National Rifle Association and its busy-beaver allies quietly scored another...
  • F.D.A. Links Drugs to Being Suicidal

    09/14/2004 12:23:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 798+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 14, 2004 | GARDINER HARRIS
    BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 13 - Top officials of the Food and Drug Administration acknowledged for the first time on Monday that antidepressants appeared to lead some children and teenagers to become suicidal. Dr. Robert Temple, director of the F.D.A.'s office of medical policy, said after an emotional public hearing here that analyses of 15 clinical trials, some of which were hidden for years from the public by the drug companies that sponsored them, showed a consistent link with suicidal behavior. "I think that we now all believe that there is an increase in suicidal thinking and action that is consistent...
  • Army gave Congress bad data on suicides

    09/07/2004 6:04:01 PM PDT · by ebersole · 215+ views
    UPI ^ | 9/7/04 | Dan Olmsted; Mark Benjamin
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- The Army has acknowledged giving Congress incorrect information about use of an anti-malaria drug in units in which suicides occurred in Iraq last year. The Army's top medical official testified in February that no more than four of the deceased soldiers could have taken the drug, called Lariam, which the Food and Drug Administration says can cause mental problems. But the Army now says that number may be as high as 11 -- nearly half the total number of suicides the Army said occurred in Iraq during 2003. The Army says it stopped using Lariam,...
  • Ignore the noise: Facts show gun control a scam

    08/27/2004 7:24:24 AM PDT · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 12 replies · 665+ views
    The Dominion Post ^ | 2004/08/27 | Dr., Dave Samuel
    If you listen to media rhetoric, you get the notion that the more guns people own, the more crime there will be. More husbands shooting wives. More suicides by guns. More armed robberies. More homicides. Recently I viewed a 56-minute CD, "A Question of Balance," summarizing a World Forum on the Future of Sport Shooting Activities. The meeting was held May 1-2, 2003, at the Tower of London, and eight scholars presented data on firearms and crime. If more guns in the home lead to more crimes, then Switzerland would be the crime capital of the world. There, all men...
  • Antidepressant Study Seen to Back Expert

    08/21/2004 8:57:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 468+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 20, 2004 | GARDINER HARRIS
    A top government scientist who concluded last year that most antidepressants are too dangerous for children because of a suicide risk wrote in a memo this week that a new study confirms his findings. The official, Dr. Andrew D. Mosholder, a senior epidemiologist at the Food and Drug Administration who assesses the safety of medicines, found last year that 22 studies showed that children given antidepressants were nearly twice as likely to become suicidal as those given placebos. His bosses, however, strongly disagreed with his findings, kept his recommendations secret and initiated a new analysis. In his memo, dated Monday,...
  • Japan suicides reach record high

    07/23/2004 6:55:04 PM PDT · by traumer · 3 replies · 321+ views
    BBC ^ | 23 July, 2004
    The number of suicides in Japan has risen to its highest level since records began. More than 34,000 Japanese took their own lives in 2003, according to the National Police Agency - an increase of more than 7% from the previous year. Three-quarters of those who committed suicide were male, and a third were aged over 60. Experts believe that health problems were the main reason, followed by economic pressures. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said there were no quick remedies for dealing with suicide, but his government would continue its efforts to improve the economic situation. Twenty-seven out of every...
  • Study of Antidepressants Finds Little Disparity in Suicide Risk

    07/21/2004 9:34:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 554+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 21, 2004 | BENEDICT CAREY
    Amid an international debate about the side effects of drugs taken for depression, a large-scale analysis of British medical records has found little difference in rates of suicidal behavior among patients given some of the most commonly prescribed medications. The risk is highest when patients begin taking the drugs, as doctors have long suspected, and tapers off quickly after that. The study, which is being reported today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found no evidence that withdrawal from the drugs put patients at an increased risk of suicide. The analysis, conducted and financed by the Boston University...
  • Desperate Afghan Women Opt for Fiery Suicides

    04/24/2004 7:03:04 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 60 replies · 305+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 23, 2004 | David Brunnstrom
    HERAT, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Nineteen-year-old Zahara says the day of her wedding was one of the happiest of her life. But the marriage quickly became a nightmare of quarrels and beatings. Just three month later, she lies in hospital, her pretty face and much of her body scarred by horrific burns, after she poured petrol over her head and lit a match. In post-Taliban Afghanistan, despite a new constitution enshrining women's rights that the Western-backed government passed in January, this remains a depressingly familiar story. Zahara is one of many women to attempt a fiery suicide rather than be trapped...
  • Panel Says Zoloft and Cousins Don't Increase Suicide Risk

    01/21/2004 10:31:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 381+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 22, 2004 | GARDINER HARRIS
    Adding to the debate over using antidepressant drugs for depressed teenagers and children, a group of prominent researchers issued a report yesterday saying that Zoloft and similar medicines did not increase children's suicide risk. The group, drawn from members of the American College of Neuro- psychopharmacology, also found that the drugs were effective in treating children's depression. "Depression in children and adults is the major illness that underlies suicide, and we believe that the S.S.R.I. class represents the medication with the greatest efficacy against this very serious condition," said Dr. J. John Mann, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University...
  • More Antidepressants Linked to Fewer Suicides

    09/24/2003 1:42:41 PM PDT · by bedolido · 31 replies · 251+ views
    Yahooooo News ^ | 09/24/03 | Richard Woodman
    LONDON (Reuters Health) - Suicide rates have fallen dramatically in many countries following wider use of modern antidepressant drugs, according to study results reported on Wednesday. This finding contrasts with charges from some patients and advocacy groups that SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are addictive and can trigger violence and suicide. A jury awarded $6.4 million in 2001 against GlaxoSmithKline after deciding Paxil was partly to blame for the behavior of Donald Schell who, after taking the drug, shot dead his wife, daughter and granddaughter and then himself. Earlier this year UK regulators said that the Glaxo drug and Wyeth's...
  • Another Gitmo detainee attempts suicide

    02/06/2003 8:13:24 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 37 replies · 170+ views
    AP via Navy Times ^ | February 06, 2003 | Pauline Jelinek
    <p>The Pentagon said Thursday there has been another suicide attempt among inmates at its Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison for terrorist suspects, bringing the number to five in three weeks. An Amnesty International official called for an investigation.</p> <p>“Medical and psychiatric teams are working to try to prevent further injury or attempts,” Pentagon spokeswoman Navy Lt. Cmdr. Barbara Burfeind said, declining further comment.</p>
  • Buffalo School Distict Shaken by 2 Suicides, 1 Attempt

    11/16/2002 8:35:17 AM PST · by KeyBored · 4 replies · 208+ views
    YOUTH Pioneer shaken by 2 suicides, 1 attempt By TODD FIELDING and DONNA SNYDER Correspondents 11/15/2002 ARCADE - The suicides of two teenage boys and an attempted suicide by another teenage boy this week have sent shock waves through the Pioneer Central School District. Authorities would not name the two victims except to say one was 14 and the other 15. Police also said the first two deaths were not linked, though the second death and the attempted suicide appear to be connected. Arcade Police Sgt. John Rix said the first death, of a 15-year-old boy, occurred Monday at the...