Asthma doubles suicide rate among young people
According to findings recently published online in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the rate of suicide among young people with asthma is more than double the rate seen in young people without asthma. Ying-Chin Ko, MD, PhD, of Kaohsiung Medical University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and colleagues, found that among the cohort of 132,634 students ages 11 to 16, 4.3% of the deaths among those without asthma were attributed to suicide, while 11% of deaths among those with asthma were attributed to suicide. Surprisingly, however, there was no significant difference in the percentage of deaths due to natural causes among the two groups. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.