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Doctor Created 3D-Printed Euthanasia Machine That Can End Life Painlessly

Sarco capsule, a euthanasia machine that can be created using a 3D printer and can be assembled anywhere, can end life painlessly. What happens to users who change their mind?

Feature | Health December 5, 2017

Facebook Rolls Out Artificial Intelligence Program For Suicide Prevention: Here's How It Will Work

Facebook rolled out an artificial intelligence-powered suicide prevention program globally. The tool can detect Facebook posts and Facebook Live videos that express suicidal thoughts, but the social network still needs the help of its users to make the community safe.

Apps/Software November 28, 2017

Brain Scans May Help Identify People With Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal people were found to exhibit distinct brain activity patterns. Brain scans hold potential in preventing suicide, which claimed more than 41,000 lives in the United States in 2013.

Neuroscience October 31, 2017

Suicide Rate Among US Teen Girls Hit 40-Year High: CDC

Since recording began in 1975, suicide rates among teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 have increased. Among female teenagers in the age group, the suicide rates saw a peak back in 2015.

Public Health August 4, 2017

Facebook Wants To Save You From Violent Posts, Hires 3,000 More People To Fight Against Them

Facebook doesn’t want inappropriate videos on its site, so it’s hiring 3,000 more people to get rid of them quickly. Facebook also wants to work with law enforcement to respond to those who might be in need of help.

Internet May 4, 2017

Unemployed Heart Failure Patients Face 50 Percent Higher Risk For Death

Heart failure patients who are unemployed have higher risk for death and rehospitalization compared with their employed counterparts. How can this finding benefit people with the heart condition?

Public Health May 2, 2017

Glorifying Teen Suicide? Experts, Schools Rail Against Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’

As more people watch Netflix’s hit teen drama ’13 Reasons Why,’ schools and mental health experts express strong warning against it. Can the TV show really trigger teen suicide?

Movies/TV Shows May 1, 2017

11-Year-Old Hangs Himself As A Result Of A Social Media Prank, A Dark Mark On Potential Dangers Of Social Media

An investigation is now underway after a social media prank that resulted in the suicide and death of an 11-year-old boy. Tysen Benz’s death leaves a dark mark on social media companies' suicide prevention efforts.

Internet April 9, 2017

On World Health Day: 5 Important Facts You Need To Know About Depression

The World Health Day 2017 has put depression as the focal area. The event is putting the spotlight on millions of people driven by extreme anxiety, disability, and suicidal thoughts. Depression, as a mood disorder, has many causative factors.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 8, 2017

'Sea Of Despair' Identified Among White Working-Class Americans

A 'sea of despair' is behind the gloomy outlook among white working-class Americans, a new study said. This is characterized by the uptick of physical pain as job prospects continue to decline over time.

Public Health March 23, 2017

Facebook Bolsters Suicide Prevention Efforts With New Tools Powered By Artificial Intelligence

Facebook has announced that it's doubling down on its suicide prevention efforts, now with the help of artificial intelligence. At the same time, the company is also integrating suicide prevention tools into Facebook Live.

Internet March 1, 2017

Airline Pilots Report Having Suicidal Thoughts: Other Occupations With High Suicide Rates

Many airline pilots suffer from depressive symptoms and more than 4 percent have suicidal thoughts. What other occupations in the United States have high suicide rates?

Neuroscience December 16, 2016

Hundreds Of Airline Pilots Depressed And Some Have Suicidal Thoughts

An anonymous online survey revealed that hundreds of airline pilots likely suffer from depressive symptoms and some have suicidal thoughts. Last year, a Germanwings copilot suffering from depression deliberately crashed the plane.

Neuroscience December 15, 2016

Depression, Suicidal Thoughts Common Among Medical Students

More than a quarter of medical students suffer from depression and one in 10 have suicidal thoughts. What are the reasons behind these suicidal risks and depressive symptoms?

Healthy Living/Wellness December 7, 2016

Suicide Death Rate Up In US Middle School Kids: CDC Report

The suicide rates among middle school children have surpassed the number of deaths from car crashes. While the leading causes of pre-teen deaths are still accidents of all kinds, the statistics are dramatic.

Public Health November 4, 2016

People Hospitalized For Infection At Increased Risk Of Dying From Suicide

People who were hospitalized with infection have increased risk for suicide death, new research suggests. The risk is higher in those with HIV, AIDS or hepatitis.

Public Health August 11, 2016

Manual Laborers Top List Of Highest US Suicide Rates By Job

Manual laborers such as farmers and lumberjacks topped the list of highest suicide rates by job in the United States, a new federal study has revealed. Researchers say the findings may help industries develop better suicide prevention programs.

Public Health July 1, 2016

Teen Health Checks Should Include Screenings For Suicide Risks: Pediatricians

Leading pediatrician group in the United States urges doctors to include suicide risks screenings during routine health checks among teenagers. The recommendation follows the recent information that suicide is now the second-leading cause of adolescent deaths.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 28, 2016

Facebook Launches Suicide Prevention Tools Across The Globe

Facebook recently announced its suicide prevention tools across the globe. These will be helpful to users of the social networking site who fear that one of their friends may be suicidal.

Apps/Software June 16, 2016

22 Push-Up Challenge Dominates Social Media: What It Is And What You Need To Do

An organization known as 22Kill has started the 22 Push-Up Challenge, which has taken social media by storm. What is the story behind the challenge, and how can you participate?

Viral June 9, 2016

Popular Club Drug Could Be Key To Fighting Depression, Suicidal Tendencies

Ketamine could hold the key to fighting suicidal attempts and depression in people. The drug is capable of triggering out-of-body experiences and hallucinations, which earned it the moniker 'club drug.'

Medicine May 12, 2016

Suicide Less Common Among Former NFL Players Than Men In General Population: CDC Study

NFL players are prone to head injury and CTE, which places them at increased risk for depression and self harm. A CDC study, however, finds that suicide is less common among ex-NFL players compared with the general population.

Neuroscience May 12, 2016

Anesthetic Ketamine May Reduce Suicidal Thoughts In Depressed People

The anesthetic ketamine was shown to cut risk for self-harm in individuals with long-standing depression. Use of the drug was also associated with mild side effects that lasted only between one and two hours.

Medicine May 11, 2016

How Suicide Rates In US Skyrocketed To 30-Year High

The CDC reports suicide rates are up across most demographics in the United States. What is driving this increase in self-inflicted fatalities?

Public Health April 23, 2016

24 Percent Rise In US Suicide Rate Highest In 30 Years: CDC

Suicide rates in the United States have increased by 24 percent since 1999, signifying the highest surge in 30 years, a new report has revealed. Experts say prevention techniques are effective, but funding is scarce.

April 22, 2016

Deadly Combo: Simultaneous Cocaine And Alcohol Use Ups Risk Of Committing Suicide

Research showed that simultaneous use of cocaine and alcohol can increase risk of commiting suicide. It also revealed that women are most likely to be involved in suicide attempts but not in substance abuse.

LIFE April 13, 2016

Only 1 In 2 Suicidal Patients Asked If They Have Access To Lethal Weapons: Study

Only one in two patients undergo lethal means assessment in the emergency departments. This means many doctors fail to help suicidal patients receive the right treatment and intervention.

LIFE March 22, 2016

Study Reveals Why People With Autism Die Decades Earlier

A report has revealed that most people with autism die decades earlier than their peers, but what drives this phenomenon? Experts said there are several factors at play.

LIFE March 21, 2016

Nightmares Linked To Greater Risk For Suicidal Behavior In PTSD Patients

Researchers found that PTSD patients who experience nightmares have higher risk for suicidal behavior. Researchers theorize that nightmares and suicidal behaviors are representations of powerlessness, loss (defeat) and entrapment.

LIFE March 19, 2016

Ronda Rousey Reveals To Ellen What Kept Her Going After Contemplating Suicide Over Holly Holm KO

Ronda Rousey gets emotional on 'The Ellen Show' as they talked about her shocking loss to Holly Holm in the Nov. 2015 match. Find out why the former Bantamweight champion thought of ending her life and what keeps her going now.

Internet Culture February 18, 2016

Teen Suicide Epidemic In Palo Alto Prompts CDC Investigation

Rates of teen suicide in Palo Alto, California has prompted the CDC to conduct investigations. Suicide clusters in the city have baffled the local government and thus required the help of the federal agency.

LIFE February 17, 2016

Concussion Linked To Increased Suicide Risk Years Later

Ordinary people who suffer even a mild concussion can experience a threefold increase in their likelihood for suicide, according to a new study conducted by researchers in Canada. This suicide risk is raised even further if the head injury is sustained over a weekend.

LIFE February 9, 2016

Children Prescribed With Antidepressants Likely To Become Suicidal: Study

Increased likelihood for aggression and suicidal tendencies was observed in young people prescribed with SNRIs and SSRIs to treat depression. Study results prompted experts to call for minimal use of antidepressants in children and teenagers.

LIFE January 28, 2016

Basic Checks On Pregnant Women's Mental Health May Help Prevent Suicide

A new report in the United Kingdom revealed that post-partum and antenatal suicides could be avoided by better standards of prenatal care and basic checks on women’s mental health. However, researchers said the lack of resources hinder better health care.

LIFE December 9, 2015

Parents Say Daughter's Death Due To Rare Wi-Fi Allergy: What To Know About Electro-Hypersensitivity

Jenny Fry, 15 years old, took her own life over misery caused by a rare WiFi allergy. Her parents are campaigning to take all wireless technology out of schools to protect students against its harmful effects.

LIFE December 6, 2015

College Women With At Least Four Tattoos Have Higher Self-Esteem But Increased Risk For Suicide

A new study found that while college women with multiple tattoos have higher self-esteem compared to their peers. They also have the highest rate of suicide attempts. The researchers suggest that body art may be females' way of compensating for emotional losses, which may explain why suicide is part of the picture.

LIFE November 24, 2015

New Web-Based Tool May Help Reduce Suicidal Thoughts

Overwhelming and stressful tasks often drive people, like young doctors, to have suicidal thoughts. Installed on smartphones and computers, a new web tool was made to provide mental health support to help reduce depression and suicide rates.

LIFE November 21, 2015

Drinking Coffee Everyday Linked To Reduced Death Risk From Heart Disease, Diabetes And Suicide

Drinking three to five cups of coffee per day has been linked to reduced odds for early death due to a range of diseases. Decaf coffee also showed to have beneficial effects.

LIFE November 17, 2015

Soldiers Who Served In Afghan War Zone Have Elevated Suicide Risks

Recent report from the Canadian Armed Forces' top health officials found increased suicide rates among soldiers who served in the Afghanistan war. Findings prompted military's top officials to make troops' mental health a top priority.

LIFE November 11, 2015

Saved From Suicide - Mickey Rourke Says His Dog Stopped Him From Killing Himself

Mickey Rourke's pet dog gave the actor a reason to live in his darkest moments. The 63-year-old actor tells what his dog did to make him reconsider committing suicide

Internet Culture November 4, 2015

Death Rates Rise In Middle-Aged Whites: Suicides, Deaths From Drug And Alcohol Abuse To Blame

Death rate in middle-aged non-hispanic whites increased over the past 15 years. Researchers attribute this to liver disease, suicides, alcohol and drug use.

LIFE November 3, 2015

Watching TV Linked To 8 Leading Causes Of Death

Researchers from the National Cancer Institute have revealed that excessive TV watching is associated with the eight leading causes of death in the country. Previous studies have delved into the connection between prolonged sedentary behavior and the increased risk for death.

LIFE November 2, 2015

Support For Pilots With Mental Health Problems More Helpful In Reducing Suicide Risks Than Two In Cockpit Requirement: Experts

Requiring two persons to stay in the cockpit at all times does not necessarily reduce suicide risks among pilots. Experts said pilots with mental health problems may be helped better if more psychological support is given to them.

LIFE October 28, 2015

Gastric Bypass Elevates Suicide Attempt Risks: Patients Most Vulnerable Within Three Years After Weight Loss Surgery

Canadian researchers studied more than 8,800 individuals and tracked self-harm emergencies three years before and after patients underwent gastric bypass surgery. Self-harm rates rose in three years following the operation.

LIFE October 12, 2015

Jamaican Lottery Scammer Pushed 81-Year-Old Man With Alzheimer’s To Kill Himself

For many months, Daddy waited for the $2 million jackpot prize of the lottery he never joined. The money would support his family and pay his son’s mortgage.

Society October 10, 2015

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