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This Popular "African American Disease" Can Actually Be Reversed

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Eat healthy - this means eating lots of fruits and vegetables -- 70 percent vegetables, 30 percent fruit.

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Police Violence Linked to Increased Risk of Suicide Attempt

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The risk was especially elevated when it was related to experiencing physical or sexual violence at the hands of police.

(Reuters) — Being a victim of police violence is tied to a fourfold higher risk of suicide attempts for those who reported physical assault and a greater than tenfold higher risk for those who reported assault with a weapon or sexual victimization, researchers say.

“In the recent conversations about police violence, the focus has been on police killings or interactions that have resulted in death,” said lead study author Jordan DeVylder of the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

“That makes sense because those are the most impactful,” he told Reuters Health. “But if there are more than 1,000 incidents per year resulting in death, the less severe but still meaningful cases involving mental health effects have a far wider spread.”

In November 2016, the American Public Health Association urged increased research into the effects of law enforcement violence, the study team writes in the Journal of Urban Health

In response, DeVylder and colleagues conducted the Survey of Police-Public Encounters among 1,615 adults in four cities — Baltimore; New York City; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C. — that were selected to be representative of the general population.

The researchers collected information about participants’ gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, income, involvement in crime, past intimate partner and sexual victimization exposure and lifetime history of mental illness.

In addition, participants were asked about experiences of violence from law enforcement officers in any of five categories. For example, “has a police officer ever hit, punched, kicked, dragged, beat, or otherwise used physical force against you?” and “has a police officer ever used a gun, baton, taser, or other weapon against you?” The researchers also asked about “forced inappropriate sexual contact,” non-physical aggression like threatening, intimidating or using slurs, and about abusive neglect: “have you ever called or summoned the police for assistance and the police either did not respond, responded too late, or responded inappropriately?

Participants were also asked if they had either thought about or attempted suicide in the past 12 months.

A total of 172 survey participants reported some type of police victimization and researchers found that these experiences were associated with higher odds of having made a suicide attempt, but not with suicidal thoughts. The risk was especially elevated when it was related to experiencing physical or sexual violence at the hands of police.

“What stuck out to us was the strength of the association,” DeVylder said. “Doubling or tripling the risk is considered strong, so four times or ten times the odds is a really powerful indicator.”

The research team is less clear about the direction of cause and effect, he added. Either the experience of victimization creates a psychological impact that leads to suicide attempts, or suicide attempts draw more police attention through emergency calls, which increases police encounters in general and can lead to negative circumstances.

It’s also possible that factors like various forms of social and economic adversity are common among people who are more likely to contemplate suicide and more likely to be exposed to police violence, the authors note. And thus the experience of victimization could contribute to the transition from suicidal thoughts to action.

DeVylder and colleagues plan to conduct a long-term study to understand these causality issues. Until that link is better researched, mental health resources can still fold the information into suicide prevention efforts, he said. The study team advocates suicide risk screening and assessing for police victimization, especially in cities.

“I would actually like to see these screens used not only by mental health service providers but also expanded to primary care settings, particularly in neighborhoods and communities where police contact is known or expected to be prevalent,” said Amanda Geller, a sociology researcher at New York University who wasn’t involved in the research.

The current study also didn’t include data about arrest history, incarceration history or childhood victimization exposure, which could influence the associations found, Geller noted.

“There’s a lot that remains to be learned about whether the health challenges we observe are direct effects of police contact or linked by some other mechanism,” Geller told Reuters Health by email. “But by documenting such a strong and significant association between police victimization and suicide attempts, they raise a flag that the consequences could be dire.”


Waters on Trump among NATO Leaders: One of these things is not like the others

Washington, D.C. -- Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement today regarding Donald Trump’s first foreign trip as President of the United States:

“In his first trip abroad, Donald Trump continues his efforts to tarnish our nation’s standing overseas by singling out, and berating, some of our most important allies among western democracies. Donald Trump criticized 23 of the 28 NATO members, including Germany, France, Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg,[1] as not paying enough to prop up NATO. Trump manhandled Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and appeared to nearly rip newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron’s arm from its socket. Earlier this year, he gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel a chilly welcome in the Oval Office.

“Donald Trump’s treatment of our NATO allies stands in sharp contrast to his conciliatory and deferential tone in Saudi Arabia, where he took a bow before King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. This follows Trump’s statement that he would be honored to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, whom he called a ‘smart cookie.’[2] Trump has also invited Filipino strongman Rodrigo Duterte to the White House[3] and told him he was doing an ‘unbelievable job on the drug problem’ in the Philippines, where the government has brutally murdered thousands of suspected drug users.[4] This is all in the context of a series of reports that have exposed Trump’s habit of revealing classified information including to officials from Russia who do not share our country’s interests.

“It is abundantly clear that Donald Trump is most comfortable when dealing with authoritarian leaders who suppress civil liberties and democracy in the way he threatens to do here at home. In all my years of public service, I never thought I would see the day when the Republican Party’s leader would be a friend of Vladimir Putin and share classified information with this Russian regime, all while he creates a chasm with our most important democratic allies. I am beyond disgusted with this President. He is an ill-prepared embarrassment to himself, his Party, and this country, and every day he remains in office further diminishes the United States’ standing as a beacon of democratic order.”

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