Suicides Rising for Black Girls; Skiing Slashes Anxiety; Drugging in Nursing Homes?

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Suicide rates among Black girls have been rising in recent years, increasing an average of 6.6% annually from 2003 to 2017. (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

A Western State Hospital psychiatric patient allegedly stole a delivery truck and proceeded to drive off the grounds, injuring a hospital staffer in the process. (U.S. News & World Report)

A new study of nearly 400,000 individuals found that skiers had a nearly 60% lower risk for anxiety disorders compared with non-skiers. (CNN)

In a study of college students, vaping — and more specifically nicotine vaping — was tied to a higher risk of eating disorders. (Eating Behaviors)

An investigation by The New York Times found that at least 21% of nursing home residents in the U.S. have been prescribed an antipsychotic, with more than 10% being misdiagnosed with schizophrenia, in order for understaffed facilities to handle the patients better.

Certain eye conditions — age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetes-related eye disease — were all tied to a higher risk for dementia. This link didn’t extend to glaucoma, however. (British Journal of Ophthalmology)

In related news, long-term exposure to road traffic noise and railway noise in Denmark also appeared to increase one’s risk for dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. (The BMJ)

A Canadian survey found that almost 70% of pregnant women were moderately to highly distressed during the COVID-19 pandemic, while 20% also reported depressive symptoms. (Canadian Family Physician)

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    Kristen Monaco is a staff writer, focusing on endocrinology, psychiatry, and dermatology news. Based out of the New York City office, she’s worked at the company for nearly five years.

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