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Re: Higher Altitudes Hide Deadly Problem: Increased Suicide Risk

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avatar Higher Altitudes Hide Deadly Problem: Increased Suicide Risk
September 15, 2010 03:04PM
ScienceDaily (Sep. 15, 2010) — The Intermountain West is renowned for the beauty of its towering mountains and high deserts, but according to new research from an investigator with the University of Utah Brain Institute the region's lofty altitudes significantly influence a deadly problem: the high prevalence of suicides in this part of the country.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100915140344.htm
avatar Re: Higher Altitudes Hide Deadly Problem: Increased Suicide Risk
September 16, 2010 01:20PM
Quote from the article:
"The Western states have some of the highest average elevations in the nation and, according to data derived from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), also the highest suicide rates. In 2006, the latest year for which national data was available, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and Oregon accounted for nine of the 10 highest suicide rates in the country. Alaska also was in the top 10 in suicide rates."


In at least three of those states (NV, AZ, and AK), the overwhelming percentage of the population is located between sea level and 2k.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/16/2010 01:21PM by szalkowski.
avatar Re: Higher Altitudes Hide Deadly Problem: Increased Suicide Risk
September 16, 2010 03:32PM
Maybe just being from those states is enough and it really has nothing to do with altitude.



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