November 9, 2009 |
Last month, a Palo Alto high school saw its fourth student suicide since May. Questions loom large: Why did this cluster of suicides happen, and how can the cycle be stopped? Public health officials and scientists use the term "suicide contagion" to describe the spread of suicidal thoughts among a group of people that results in such copycat acts. Researchers have studied suicide clusters to identify how the contagion might spread -- whether close friends of the victim are at more risk; whether more media coverage is associated with more deaths; and what telltale signs might point to the most vulnerable community members so that interventions can be targeted appropriately.
May 2, 2013 |
Suicide rates among Americans 35 to 64 years old rose 28% from 1999 to 2010, from 13.7 per 100,000 people to 17.6 per 100,000 people, the CDC reported Thursday. The greatest increases occurred in people 50 to 54 years old (up 48%) and among people 55 to 59 years old (up 49%). Among men, suicides in middle-aged people rose 27.3%; among women, 31.5%. Whites and Native Americans had steeper increases than other demographic groups. Rates increased in all states, whether they had relatively high, average or low suicide rates.
May 3, 2007 |
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the strongest possible warning for antidepressants to alert doctors and patients that the drugs could increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in adults 18 to 24. The so-called black box warning follows a similar labeling change approved in 2004 for children and adolescents.
February 6, 2012 |
In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration announced that antidepressant packages should carry a "black box" warning describing an increased risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts in children and youths up to age 25. The FDA action triggered a significant decline in antidepressant use among children and teens. Now, however, an analysis suggests there is no reason to believe that antidepressants influence suicidal thinking in kids. The paper, published online Monday in the Archives of General Psychiatry , analyzed data from 41 clinical trials involving more than 9,000 adults and children.
February 18, 2005 |
Adults taking popular antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft are more than twice as likely to attempt suicide as patients given a placebo, according to an analysis released Thursday of hundreds of clinical trials involving tens of thousands of patients. The results mirror a recent finding of the Food and Drug Administration that the drugs increase suicidal thoughts and behavior among some children, and they offer tangible support to concerns going back 15 years.
September 21, 1990 |
The Bucks County coroner, ignoring calls from citizens groups, said Thursday that he has no intention of reopening the investigation into the suicide of political activist Abbie Hoffman. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights and the Prozac Survivors Support Group--both offshoots of the Church of Scientology--had asked the coroner to reopen the case after it was learned that Hoffman took the controversial anti-depressant Prozac six weeks before his death. Dr.
November 16, 2011 |
Medications to treat mental health disorders is soaring among U.S. adults, according to data released Wednesday by Medco Health Solutions, a pharmacy benefit manager. Twenty percent of all adults said they took at least one medication to treat a mental disorder. Among women, 25% said they took such medication and 20% said they were using an antidepressant. The survey analyzed prescription drug trends among 2.5 million insured Americans from 2001 to 2010. Medco researchers also found that adults ages 20 to 44 had the greatest uptick in use of anti-anxiety medications, atypical antipsychotics and drugs to treat ADHD.
October 10, 2013 |
Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro may have died from autoerotic asphyxiation, according to a new report that also says guards falsified prison observation logs and made other mistakes while monitoring him before his Sept. 3 suicide. Castro instantly became one of America's most notorious criminals in May after police discovered three young women who had been kidnapped, raped and held in his home for roughly a decade. His conviction, life sentence and even his death provoked little sympathy from a disgusted public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2006 |
A psychiatric patient who hanged himself at UCI Medical Center in December was treated with an unapproved drug known to increase suicidal thoughts and was not monitored properly, state health regulators said Thursday. The report from the Department of Health Services criticized the patient's UCI doctor, nurses and pharmacists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1998 |
Los Angeles Police Officer Nadine Arango, who died last week after intentionally ramming her car into a freeway support column as police and witnesses looked on, was buried Wednesday after a funeral attended by about 150 uniformed officers, authorities said. Funeral services for the 25-year-old Arango were held at San Fernando Mission chapel. She was buried at nearby San Fernando Mission Cemetery, said LAPD Capt. Ron Bergman.