April 2012 Archives

Europe's Suicides 'By Economic Crisis' Increases

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An alarming increase in suicides in European countries hit by debt has researchers wondering if there is a connection between higher suicide rates and economic crisis.

"So I won't leave my debts for my children," the crowd reportedly heard a 77-year-old Greek man say before he shot himself publicly in front of a parliament building in Greece, according to Newser.

Another European man from Italy hanged himself in a warehouse, as reported by New York Times.

These suicides have grown more common in Europe and many suspect it is the backlash of dire economic crises.

The number of suicides in Italy, for instance, rose to 187 in 2010, a 52 percent increase from the 123 suicides in 2005, including the deaths of more small-businessmen, according to the New York Times as reported by Newser.

A report released detailing the health effects of the 2008 recession was released. The report detailed the mortality rates in 26 different European countries. The report found that suicides dramatically increased after 2009 in each country, excluding Australia, by at least 5 percent. The increase in suicides coincided with higher unemployment.

Twins Face Season Losses

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The Twins lost for the sixth time this season to the Texas Rangers with a final score of 6-2.

The Twins failed to seize the opportunity to score twice with the bases loaded, the Associated Press reported in StarTribune.

Along with their most recent losses, Scott Baker reportedly will undergo elbow surgery with a six month recovery timetable, according to MinnPost, meaning he likely will miss the entire remainder of the season.

The Twins tied the game at 2 in the sixth after Denard Span had three hits and an RBI double, but the Twins couldn't keep up the momentum.

Autism on the Rise

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A new report showed a rise in autism nationally. Some suggested that the rise is attributed to better diagnosis of the disease, while other suggest a link in autism to obesity during pregnancy.

The number of autism cases is estimated to be 1 in 88 in the US, compared to an earlier estimate of 1 in 110, according to an Associated Press report by Mike Stobbe on 1500ESPN website.

Although some suggest that better screening for autism attributes to the rise in rates, the Center for Disease Control Center is uncertain of the cause.

"We're not quite sure the reasons for the increase," said Dr. Coleen Boyle of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who spoke to the Associated Press.

Another recent study, reported by the Associated Press in StarTribune, suggested that women who were obese during their pregnancy had a 67 percent more likelihood to have children with autism when compared to pregnant women of a normal weight, who are reported to have a 1 in 88 chance of having a child with autism.

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