Saturday, September 06, 2008

Teen Suicide Rates In U.S. Rising

Suicide rates among US teens soar
Emax Health

Suicide rates among US teens significantly rose after a 15 year decline, urging healthcare professionals to look into reasons of the increase. There are separate factors that can lead to the rise of teen suicide, but in most cases it is a bunch of several reasons, which needs to be clarified and treated as soon as possible.

Researchers from the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio found that the years 2004 and 2005 had the highest teenage suicide rates, with 326 additional cases in 2004 and 292 additional cases in 2005. The estimates were made according to data of 1669 and 2003 teens and were expecting less cases for 2004. In 2005 teenage suicide cases showed a 5% decline compared to 2004, but the rates were still too high. Overall, the year 2004 reported 18% increased cases, which urges the need to do more for teen mental health and depression treatment.


Wednesday, September 03, 2008

More hurricanes on the way to the US

Expect five tropical storms and four hurricanes, two of them major
Associated Press

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Colorado hurricane researchers are forecasting five tropical storms in the Atlantic this month, including four hurricanes, two of them major.

Former Colorado State University climatologist William Gray said yesterday that would be nearly twice as busy as an average September. Gray has been issuing hurricane forecasts at Colorado State University for 25 years.

Tropical storm Ike, which formed Monday, and tropical storm Josephine, which formed yesterday, count toward the five storms in the September forecast, said Phil Klotzbach, a member of the research team and author of the September report.

Klotzbach said Hanna, which reached hurricane strength Monday before weakening to a tropical storm yesterday, counts toward the four hurricanes forecast for September. However, it isn't included in September's five expected tropical storms because it initially held that status in August.

See: Tropical quartet: 4 storms with more to come