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CDC: US suicide rate rose sharply among middle-aged

By MIKE STOBBE
AP Medical Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - 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% from 1999 to 2010. And among whites, it shot up 40%.

One theory is that the recession caused more emotional trauma for this group, those ages 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.

 

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CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr

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