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March 10, 2014 | Karen Kaplan
Victims of bullying were more than twice as likely as other kids to contemplate suicide and about 2.5 times as likely to try to kill themselves, according to a new study that quantifies the emotional effects of being teased, harassed, beaten up or otherwise harmed by one's peers. Children and teens who were taunted by cyberbullies were especially vulnerable -- they were about three times as likely than other kids to have suicidal thoughts, the study found. The findings, published online Monday by the journal JAMA Pediatrics, puts the lie to the old adage about sticks and stones.
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March 10, 2014 | Karen Kaplan
Victims of bullying were more than twice as likely as other kids to contemplate suicide and about 2.5 times as likely to try to kill themselves, according to a new study that quantifies the emotional effects of being teased, harassed, beaten up or otherwise harmed by one's peers. Children and teens who were taunted by cyberbullies were especially vulnerable -- they were about three times as likely than other kids to have suicidal thoughts, the study found. The findings, published online Monday by the journal JAMA Pediatrics, puts the lie to the old adage about sticks and stones.
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NEWS
September 17, 2010
One of the problems that doomed the acne drug Accutane was a widespread perception that – along with other problems, like birth defects and inflammatory bowel disease – it made patients more prone to depression and suicide. As my colleague Shari Roan reported in a story last year explaining why drug maker Roche Holding pulled Accutane from the market : “The drug has been publicly and emotionally linked to an increased risk of depression, including suicides, and some families of suicide victims have pressed the Food and Drug Administration for its removal – among them Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.
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March 4, 2014 | Alan Zarembo
Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. soldiers had a common mental illness, such as depression, panic disorder or ADHD, before enlisting in the Army, according to a new study that raises questions about the military's assessment and screening of recruits. More than 8% of soldiers had thought about killing themselves and 1.1% had a past suicide attempt, researchers found from confidential surveys and interviews with 5,428 soldiers at Army installations across the country. The findings, published online Monday in two papers in JAMA Psychiatry, point to a weakness in the recruiting process, experts said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2012 | By Sam Adams, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In a movie as stylized as Whit Stillman's "Damsels in Distress,"decor is destiny, so it's no accident that the dorm room shared by Violet (Greta Gerwig) and her roommates at a northeastern liberal arts college prominently features the poster for Max Ophüls' maudit masterwork "Lola Montès. " Violet, an amateur self-help guru who practices her questionable theories on her unfortunate classmates, doesn't share much with Ophüls' eponymous heroine, a Scottish dancer who reinvented herself as the Spanish mistress of a Bavarian king.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - Football star Junior Seau had no alcohol or illicit drugs in his system when he committed suicide, and an initial examination of his brain showed no apparent damage from his years of football, according to the autopsy and toxicology reports released Monday by the San Diego County medical examiner. Also, his girlfriend, Megan P. Noderer, told police that Seau, 43, had given no indication he planned to kill himself, according to the investigative narrative attached to the autopsy report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2000 | TERENCE MONMANEY, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
A jury Tuesday unanimously found the University of California negligent in the 1993 suicide of a 26-year-old man in the locked ward of a UCLA psychiatric hospital, awarding the victim's parents more than $8 million in the first wrongful-death medical malpractice verdict against the UC system in recent years. But a California law severely limiting malpractice damages may reduce the award to a largely symbolic gesture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | Alan Zarembo
Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. soldiers had a common mental illness, such as depression, panic disorder or ADHD, before enlisting in the Army, according to a new study that raises questions about the military's assessment and screening of recruits. More than 8% of soldiers had thought about killing themselves and 1.1% had a past suicide attempt, researchers found from confidential surveys and interviews with 5,428 soldiers at Army installations across the country. The findings, published online Monday in two papers in JAMA Psychiatry, point to a weakness in the recruiting process, experts said.
SCIENCE
May 16, 2013 | By Alan Zarembo
The U.S. military has faced two epidemics over the last decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. One is suicide. The annual rate of military personnel taking their own lives has doubled to about 20 per 100,000. That translated to a record 324 suicides in the Army last year. The other is concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury, or TBI. The proliferation of roadside bombs has subjected thousands of troops to brain-rattling explosions. Several studies have suggested a link between the two epidemics - that service members who suffered concussions are at greater risk for suicide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1997
In response to Sonia Nazario's comprehensive series on youth suicide (March 9, 10), I would like to add two points. First, the major target of school-based prevention programs should be peers in whom troubled youth often confide. The focus is more on help-seeking than on suicide per se. Second, after an extensive review of these programs in 1992, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded, "There is no evidence for increased suicidal ideation or behavior following these programs" ("Youth Suicide Prevention Programs: A Resource Guide," CDC, 1992)
SCIENCE
May 16, 2013 | By Alan Zarembo
The U.S. military has faced two epidemics over the last decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. One is suicide. The annual rate of military personnel taking their own lives has doubled to about 20 per 100,000. That translated to a record 324 suicides in the Army last year. The other is concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury, or TBI. The proliferation of roadside bombs has subjected thousands of troops to brain-rattling explosions. Several studies have suggested a link between the two epidemics - that service members who suffered concussions are at greater risk for suicide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - Football star Junior Seau had no alcohol or illicit drugs in his system when he committed suicide, and an initial examination of his brain showed no apparent damage from his years of football, according to the autopsy and toxicology reports released Monday by the San Diego County medical examiner. Also, his girlfriend, Megan P. Noderer, told police that Seau, 43, had given no indication he planned to kill himself, according to the investigative narrative attached to the autopsy report.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2012 | By Sam Adams, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In a movie as stylized as Whit Stillman's "Damsels in Distress,"decor is destiny, so it's no accident that the dorm room shared by Violet (Greta Gerwig) and her roommates at a northeastern liberal arts college prominently features the poster for Max Ophüls' maudit masterwork "Lola Montès. " Violet, an amateur self-help guru who practices her questionable theories on her unfortunate classmates, doesn't share much with Ophüls' eponymous heroine, a Scottish dancer who reinvented herself as the Spanish mistress of a Bavarian king.
NEWS
September 17, 2010
One of the problems that doomed the acne drug Accutane was a widespread perception that – along with other problems, like birth defects and inflammatory bowel disease – it made patients more prone to depression and suicide. As my colleague Shari Roan reported in a story last year explaining why drug maker Roche Holding pulled Accutane from the market : “The drug has been publicly and emotionally linked to an increased risk of depression, including suicides, and some families of suicide victims have pressed the Food and Drug Administration for its removal – among them Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2000 | TERENCE MONMANEY, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
A jury Tuesday unanimously found the University of California negligent in the 1993 suicide of a 26-year-old man in the locked ward of a UCLA psychiatric hospital, awarding the victim's parents more than $8 million in the first wrongful-death medical malpractice verdict against the UC system in recent years. But a California law severely limiting malpractice damages may reduce the award to a largely symbolic gesture.
NATIONAL
September 4, 2003 | From Associated Press
Wyeth is warning doctors that tests show its antidepressant Effexor caused an increased risk of suicidal behavior in children. In what is known as a "Dear Doctor" letter, Madison, N.J.-based Wyeth is telling health professionals that clinical studies of the long-acting version, Effexor XR, found a higher incidence in children of "hostility and suicide-related adverse events, such as suicidal ideation and self-harm." No children in the tests committed suicide.
NEWS
March 17, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Porn king Jim Mitchell has pleaded innocent to charges that he killed his brother and business partner, Artie. Defense lawyers, at Mitchell's appearance in Marin County Superior Court, argued that their client should be moved from the county jail to a psychiatric facility because he has been diagnosed as "clinically depressed with suicidal ideation." Judge Gary Thomas will hold a hearing on the request Wednesday.
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