Monday December 9, 2019

Suicide Attempts by Poisoning Among US Youngsters on Rise: Study

Poisoning is the most common way that someone attempts suicide and third most common method of suicide in adolescents, with higher rates in females

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Suicide attempts by poisoning among youngsters have more than doubled, and more than tripled for girls and young women in the last one decade in the US, says a study.

“Among youth in 2010-2018, there was a 141 per cent increase in suicide attempts by poisoning, reported to US poison centres, which is concerning,” said study co-author Henry Spiller from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the US.

The study, published in the ‘Journal of Pediatrics’, evaluated the incidence and outcomes from intentional suspected-suicide through poisoning among children and young adults, aged 10-24 years, between 2000 and 2018.

In the 19-year period of the study, more than 1.6 million intentional suspected-suicide poisoning cases among youth and young adults were reported to US poison centres.

More than 71 per cent (1.1 million) of those were female.

A woman holds a victim of “Minamata Disease,” or mercury poisoning, in Minamata, Japan, in a 1973 photo. The Minamata Convention, a global treaty aimed at curtailing the mining and use of mercury, took effect Wednesday. VOA

According to previous research, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 10-24 years. Also, while males die by suicide more frequently than females, females attempt suicide more than males.

Poisoning is the most common way that someone attempts suicide and third most common method of suicide in adolescents, with higher rates in females.

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According to experts at Nationwide Children’s, parents should check in regularly with their children, ask them directly how they are doing and if they have ever had thoughts about ending their life.

“There is no need to wait until there is a major crisis to talk about a plan to manage emotional distress. Actually, a good time to talk directly about suicide or mental health is when things are going well,” said John Ackerman from Nationwide Children’s Hospital. (IANS)

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Sunanda Pushkar did not die due to poisoning by polonium, no radioactive substance found: FBI report

Sunanda Pushkar

New Delhi: The US’ Federal Burea of Investigation (FBI) in its report to Delhi police has said that Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of Congress MP and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, did not die due to poisoning by polonium or any other radioactive substance.

“We have received the FBI’s forensic report by email. A detail report is still awaited. Once we get the full report, the medical board would examine it,” Delhi Police chief BS Bassi said on Wednesday, adding, “We could call Shashi Tharoor for questioning.”

Delhi police had sought FBI’s help in February this year after a panel of doctors from Delhi’s AIIMS concluded that the poison could not be detected in Indian labs.

Pushkar, who married Tharoor in 2010, was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside a room at the Leela Palace Hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014. Police registered a murder case on January 1, 2015.

Prior to her death, Pushkar was embroiled in a spat with Pakistani journalist Tarar, whom she accused of stalking her husband.

(With inputs from IANS)