New research released in The New England Journal of Medicine this month suggests there is an increased risk of suicide and cardiovascular death for cancer patients in the period immediately following their diagnosis. While previous studies have shown similar increased risks in patients living long term with the disease, this is the first notable study of its type to correlate suicide and heart related stresses to coincide with the diagnosis of cancer.
Until recently, it has been extremely hard for scientists and doctors to evaluate a person’s likelihood for thinking about suicide or acting on suicidal impulses. Little methodology was in place to correctly identify those in most risk of considering suicide or ending their own lives. However, an international group of scientists have considered suicidal behavior and identified a number of risk factors in order to create the first index for preventing suicide.
Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center are embarking on a long terms study to determine the effectiveness of suicide prevention programs in high schools.
A new study has discovered that the outcome of presidential elections have a direct influence on suicide rates.