Mar 30, 2009 | 11
All teens should be screened for depression, even if they don’t necessarily show signs of the blues, an influential government panel is recommending, noting that the majority of afflicted teens aren’t diagnosed or treated even though there are effective therapies.
Kids ages 12 to 18 should be routinely screened for the mood disorder with standardized depression tests by their pediatrician or family doctor, the U.S. Preventative Task Force said today. The panel's new recommendation—an update of its 2002 assessment, when it said there wasn't enough evidence to advise such screening—is set to be published in next month's Pediatrics.
Dec 29, 2008 | 10
Parents' intolerance of their gay and lesbian teens increases the chance that they will suffer health problems in young adulthood, including increased risk of suicide, depression, drug abuse and unsafe sex, new research shows.
Those whose parents reacted negatively to their sexual orientation were more than eight times more likely to have attempted suicide than those whose families accepted them, according to a study in the January issue of Pediatrics. They were also nearly six times as likely to report depression, three times as likely to use drugs and three times as likely to have unprotected sex.
Oct 21, 2008 | 3
Suicide is on the rise for the first time in a decade, and it has a new face: middle-aged, white adults.
The overall U.S. suicide rate rose by 0.7 percent annually between 1999 and 2005 – from 10.5 suicides per 100,000 people to 11 per 100,000 – but the increase was steeper among white men and women ages 40 to 64. Among men in that age group, suicides climbed by 2.7 percent; they rose by 3.9 percent among women of the same age, according to research in the December issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Traditionally, suicide has been a concern for teens, young adults and elderly white men.
Oct 14, 2008 | 8
There's renewed energy behind the right-to-die movement: A voter initiative on the Washington State ballot would allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to dying patients.
If residents approve the measure, known as Initiative 1000 or the "Washington Death with Dignity Initiative," the state would become only the second in the country to allow the terminally ill to die with the help of a doctor. Oregon approved its own law in 1994.
Washington State voters rejected physician-assisted suicide in 1991, as have those in California, Michigan and Maine, the Associated Press notes. But unlike the first, failed initiative in Washington State, this one—sponsored by a coalition led by former Washington State Gov. Booth Gardner, who has Parkinson's disease—wouldn't let doctors administer lethal medicines to patients who can't take them on their own. Only the patients themselves would be able to use them to commit suicide.
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