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U.S. suicide rate rises sharply among middle-aged

U.S. suicide rate rises sharply among middle-aged

NEW YORK -- Health officials say suicides among middle-aged Americans climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, a period that included the recession.

Overall, the suicide rate for the age group jumped 28 percent from 1999 to 2010. Among whites, it shot up 40 percent.

One theory is that the recession caused more emotional trauma for those aged 35 to 64. Experts also note that white baby boomers have always had a higher suicide rate.

The suicide rates for younger and older people did not change, and there was little change among middle-aged blacks and Hispanics. The numbers are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC: Rabies no longer threat to 3 organ recipients

CDC: Rabies no longer threat to 3 organ recipients

ATLANTA -- Federal public health officials say three people who received organs from a rabies-infected donor in 2011 are no longer in danger of coming down with the deadly disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said Tuesday that the organ recipients in Florida, Georgia and Illinois have all completed post-exposure rabies treatment and are out of harm's way.

A Maryland man who received a kidney from the same Florida donor died of rabies in February, about 18 months after his transplant operation.

The unusual case prompted a search for people who might have had close contact with any of the patients. The CDC says 36 people in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland and North Carolina were urged to get the rabies vaccine, and 28 have done so.

 

Emory to host seminar on bipolar disorder

Emory to host seminar on bipolar disorder

ATLANTA -- Emory University will host a seminar for people whose loved ones suffer from bipolar disorder.

The event will take place Wednesday, Apr. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Emory's Briarcliff Campus. It is free and open to the public.

Panelists include Dr. Jeffrey Rakofsky, a psychiatrist with Emory's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Nadine Kaslow, an Emory psychologist and president-elect of the American Psychological Association; and Yvonne DeBellotte, mother of a child with bipolar disorder.

The discussion is sponsored by the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research and Emory's Mood and Anxieties Disorder Program.

The seminar will be held at 1256 Briarcliff Road, Building A, in the third floor auditorium.

Concussion program at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta launches new web portal

Concussion program at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta launches new web portal

ATLANTA -- Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is launching a new online portal equipped with extensive videos and resources to help primary care physicians and first-response caregivers- coaches, athletic trainers, nurses and families - provide appropriate and effective care to children and teens impacted by concussions.

Developed by the Children's Concussion Program, the web portal aims to help health professionals and athletic leaders recognize and treat concussions using evidence-based tools, guidelines and research. The goal is to prevent serious, long term injuries that could have been avoided through immediate proper care of a concussion.

2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

ATLANTA -- The 2013 "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event will be held through the city on Tuesday, March 26.

A spokeswoman for the ride said more than 1,000 cyclists are expected to participate, as part of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association "GEORGIA BIKES!" program. The bike ride will be escorted by police, and run track through Decatur and Roswell. Leading the pack will be Commissioner Fred Boykin and Mayor Jere Wood, along with more city officials. 

During the "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event, cyclists hope to raise support for other types of transportation through the metro region. Plus, they hope conditions will improve to allow easier cycling, including the development of regional systems and both on-road bicycling facilities and multi-use trails. 

Atlanta Track Club holds 5K for women's health

Atlanta Track Club holds 5K for women's health

ATLANTA -- The 2013 Atlanta Women's 5K run/walk will hit Candler Park on Saturday, March 23. 

Atlanta Track Club's Tracy Lott expects around 3,000 women to participate in the race. Runners and walkers can become a team in five divisions including mother/daughter, sister/sister, open women, masters women (age 40 - 49) and grand masters (age 50 and up). 

The race will begin at 8:00 that morning, in front of Veritas Church on S. Ponce de Leon Avenue. Participants will be completing the 5K to celebrate women's health and fitness. A shirt will be given to racers, and finishers will get a flower and Smart Glass necklace. 

At 8:10 a.m., a baby stroller division will also start the race. 

For more information, visit the Atlanta Track Club online. 

 

 

Tears and cheers at Med School match day

Tears and cheers at Med School match day

ATLANTA -- Will they get to stay close to home, or start over in a new city?

Will they start a new program together with their fiancé, or have to continue their relationship on opposite sides of the country? The answers to these questions were sealed in envelopes laid out on a table at Emory Medical School.

Friday was Match Day.

All across the country, medical students had to wait until noon Friday to find out where they would continue their paths to becoming licensed physicians. The students visited residency programs all over the US, and ranked their choices. Then the programs picked according to those choices.

"It was like Christmas, it really was, my friends and I last night were saying this feels like the night before Christmas," Kevin Little said. "To be honest I didn't think I'd cry so much, I kind of lost it."