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Genetic Biomarkers Predict Suicide
2013-08-20 13:59:57

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Predicting future behavior is never easy, but new research from scientists at Indiana University has found that certain genetic biomarkers can help predict when someone will attempt suicide. According to a report of their study in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, Indiana researchers found elevated levels of certain RNA biomarkers in the blood of both bipolar disorder patients having suicidal thought as well individuals who had...

2013-07-30 10:36:19

Fails to pick up most of those needing admission or to predict who will self harm again A screening tool used in general hospitals to detect suicide risk among patients who have self harmed should be ditched, concludes a study published online in Emergency Medicine Journal. The technique (SADPERSONS Scale) fails to pick up most of those who require admission to a psychiatric unit, community psychiatric aftercare, or to determine those at risk of self harming again, say the researchers....

2013-07-29 23:25:31

Skip Simpson of the Law Offices of Skip Simpson expresses concerns about a recent sharp rise in national suicide rate. Frisco, TX (PRWEB) July 29, 2013 Experienced suicide lawyer Skip Simpson said today he has been closely monitoring an alarming upward trend in the nation’s suicide rate. The number of suicides in the United States has increased dramatically in the past decade, according to The New York Times, “Suicide Rates Rise Sharply in U.S.” (May 2, 2013). Simpson, who works...

Cities Safer Than Rural Areas
2013-07-23 10:45:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Despite having higher average homicide rates, cities tend to be safer than rural areas, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Minnesota. The researchers came to their somewhat counter-intuitive conclusion by looking at county-level data for all injury deaths across the US from 1999 to 2006, excluding the September 11 terrorist attacks. "Cars, guns and drugs are the unholy trinity...

2013-07-22 11:16:32

People with epilepsy are ten times more likely to die early, before their mid-fifties, compared with the general population, according to a 41 year study in Sweden published today in the Lancet and part-funded by the Wellcome Trust. The findings reveal a striking correlation between premature death and mental illness in these patients and people with epilepsy were four times more likely to have received a psychiatric diagnosis in their lifetime compared with the general population. The...

2013-07-19 10:44:08

A new five-year study that tracked more than 1,600 drug users found that severe abuse in their childhood – emotional, sexual, and to a lesser extent physical – significantly elevated their risk of attempting suicide. Screening for such abuse and offering treatment may help public officials and care providers reduce suicides. For health professionals, the message from a new study in the American Journal of Public Health is clear: Asking patients about a...

2013-06-30 23:18:10

Textbook buyback company MyBookBuyer.com announces the winner of the Spring 2013 scholarship essay contest, which provides students an opportunity to win money to purchase textbooks for a year. San Leandro, CA (PRWEB) June 30, 2013 Textbook buyback company MyBookBuyer.com has announced that the winner of their Spring 2013 Textbooks for a Year Scholarship essay contest $1,250 grand prize is Savannah Lim. Ms. Lim, who will be an undergraduate student at New York University this Fall where...

2013-06-26 16:43:27

The assessment of risk in patients who go on to die by suicide or commit homicide is often poor, a new study has found. A report by The University of Manchester’s National Confidential Inquiry (NCI) into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness out today has raised concerns about the way that risk is assessed and led to criticism of the tick-box approach to clinical practice. Researchers looked at a sample of 81 cases where risk had been judged to be low, but seven days or...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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