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The Takeaway: Grandparents Are Safer Drivers; Suicide, Women Over 50
By Tina Johnson-Marcel, July 28, 2011 09:48 AM
... Debt ceiling update. The House plans a party-line vote at some point today on House Speaker John Boehner's debt-reduction bill. The measure includes $1.8 trillion in spending cuts spread over 10 years, including entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. What a default could mean for you. ... Suicide spikes among women over 50:
A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows a 49 percent increase in emergency department visits for drug-related suicide attempts for women age 50 and older. And women ages 40-69 are more at risk of killing themselves than other women, according to new research on age-specific suicide rates between 1998 and 2007. In 2007, this age group made up 60 percent of the 7,328 suicides reported among women.
How to assess when a loved one needs help.
... Health notes: Are you at risk for having a stroke? Genetics may play more of a role in heart attacks than in strokes, a new British study suggests. ... Fragmented sleep may impair memory, learning ... Health care costs: The U.S. government will foot the bill for half of all health care costs in the United States by 2020, according to a government report released Thursday.
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