Great Recession Linked to Rising Suicides Among Middle-Aged Americans :: Common Dreams :: Breaking N

Economic crises kill in more ways than one.

The Great Recession can be tied to a jump in suicides among middle-aged people in the U.S., a new article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reveals.

Suicide rates among Americans aged 40 to 64 have been climbing since 1999, far out-pacing other age groups, the researchers note. This included a drastic increase in suicides in 2007, at the outset of the financial nosedive.

The researchers evaluated data from the National Violent Death Reporting System database, which is maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to determine the circumstances and motives for suicides in 16 states.

They found that suicides where external economic factors were present jumped from 32.9 percent in 2005 to 37.5 percent in 2010.

"The sharpest increase in external circumstances appears to be temporally related to the worst years of the Great Recession, consistent with other work showing a link between deteriorating economic conditions and suicide," wrote authors Katherine Hempstead, director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at Princeton and Julie Phillips, from the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers.

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N. Korea's Kim Jong-Un tells army: Prepare for war - Emirates 24::7

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has urged his army to prepare for war with the United States and its allies, state media said Saturday, as Pyongyang ramps up the rhetoric ahead of US-South Korea military drills.

Kim's comments came after South Korea and the United States Friday conducted a joint naval drill involving 10 South Korean warships and a US Aegis destroyer, ahead of the launch of large-scale military exercises that have enraged the North.

"The prevailing situation where a great war for national reunification is at hand requires all the KPA (Korean People's Army) units to become (elite) Guard Units fully prepared for war politically and ideologically, in military technique and materially", he was quoted by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) as saying.

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US bill would require congressional review of Iran nuclear agreement - International - Jerusalem Pos

US senators introduced legislation late on Friday requiring congressional review of any deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act would require President Barack Obama to submit to Congress the text of any agreement within five days of concluding a final deal with Iran. The bill would also prohibit Obama from suspending or waiving sanctions on Iran passed by Congress for 60 days after a deal.

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(Leonard Nimoy) In Search Of.. **Other Voices** (Season 1 Episode 1) - YouTube


Remembering Mr Spock: MailOnline takes a look at some of Leonard Nimoy's best moments from Star Trek


Remembering Mr Spock: MailOnline takes a look at some of Leonard Nimoy's best moments from Star Trek



Decision on Ebola mass vaccination in August at earliest: WHO :: Reuters

(Reuters) - An independent advisory body will decide in August at the earliest on whether to recommend widespread introduction of an Ebola vaccine, depending on results of clinical trials and the epidemic's course, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

All three worst-hit countries in West Africa - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - aim to conduct phase III final-stage clinical trials of experimental vaccines.

Liberia is already testing both the GlaxoSmithKline and Merck-NewLink vaccines, while Sierra Leone and Guinea are due to announce plans soon.

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Surgeon: Human head transplant possible in 2 years -

TURIN, Italy, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Scientific know-how and medical technology is at a level so sophisticated that the first human head transplant can be available to be performed just two years from now, an Italian neurosurgeon says.

Dr. Sergio Canavero details such a procedure in New Scientist -- a British weekly science magazine -- and says the ability exists to successfully perform the transplant, which involves literally mounting a patient's head onto a donor's body.

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