Construction worker suicide rates are highest in the US, CDC study says

Males working in construction have the highest suicide rates in the country, according to a recent analysis by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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Males working in construction have the highest suicide rates in the country, according to a recent analysis by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Comparing the suicides of more than 22,000 people across 17 states in 2012 and 2015, researchers found males working in construction and extraction took their lives the most often, a rate of roughly 44 per 100,000 “civilian noninstitutionalized working persons” for construction workers and 53 per 100,000 for extraction workers.

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Men working in the arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media came in second — an increase of 47 percent during the years studied, according to the CDC. Installation, maintenance and repair rounded out the top three for males in 2015.

Comparatively, in 2015, women working in arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media had the highest suicide rates for females, while women in protective services came in second. The third were women who worked in health care support, according to the study.

“Among both males and females, the lowest suicide rate in 2015 was observed in Education, Training, and Library occupations,” the CDC reported.

The research comes adjacent to the rising suicide rates in the U.S. overall. The health agency announced in June the rates have been rising in “nearly every state,” with 25 states reporting a more than 30 percent increase during the study period.

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“Increasing suicide rates in the U.S. are a concerning trend that represent a tragedy for families and communities and impact the American workforce,” Deb Houry, the director of the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said in an online statement. “Knowing who is at greater risk for suicide can help save lives through focused prevention efforts.”

The study Thursday is a correction to a similar 2016 study, which mistakenly included the misclassification of some workers as farmers instead of managers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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FDA Considers Curbing E-Cigarette Sales After Stats Show A Surge In Teen Vaping

Following a huge increase in vape users among teenagers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to impose restrictions in the sale of e-cigarettes throughout the United States.

According to a news report by the Washington Post, the action will potentially affect the industry that has grown “exponentially” over the years with little oversight by the government.

The report quoted a senior agency official and detailed that the Commissioner of FDA, Scott Gottlieb, is expected to ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes which are freely available in tens of thousands of gas stations and convenience stores across the country.

Apart from flavored e-cigarettes, there are plans to ban menthol in regular cigarettes as well. According to the report, the decision hasn’t been taken suddenly, and the agency has been collecting comments from the public on such a prohibition. The move will likely receive severe backlash from the cigarette industry.

The expected decision to impose a ban on the sales of e-cigarettes was spurred after preliminary statistics by the government revealed that in 2018, the use of e-cigarettes has increased to 7.7 percent among high schoolers and close to 50 percent among middle schoolers, the report by the Washington Post said. The current statistics show that 3.5 million children across the country were vaping at the beginning of 2018, and above 1 million from 2017

According to the report, Gottlieb was previously a member of the board of a North Carolina vaping company and once favored the e-cigarette industry, had delayed some critical e-cigarette rules after assuming the office of commissioner in 2017.

Recently, however, he has said that his “first priority is protecting children from tobacco-related disease.” Shedding light on the vaping data, Gottlieb said during an interview before his final decision on e-cigarette policy that strict action will be taken to save the younger generation from nicotine addiction.

“We now have evidence that a new generation is being addicted to nicotine, and we can’t tolerate that.”

The federal government also said on Thursday, November 8, that cigarette smoking has reached the lowest level ever recorded among U.S. adults, and that the rate of smoking among young people has dropped even farther, per USA Today.

The data — provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) — showed that about 14 percent of adults in the U.S. — or 34 million people –regularly smoked cigarettes or some days in the previous month, down from 15.5 percent in 2016. The stats further showed that “about 10 percent of people aged 18 to 24 years smoked cigarettes in 2017, down from 13 percent in 2016.”

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CDC: prevalence of gestational diabetes 6.0 percent in 2016

(HealthDay)—The prevalence of gestational diabetes was 6.0 percent in 2016, with a slight increase seen from 2012 to 2016, according to research published in the Nov. 2 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Nicholas P. Deputy, Ph.D., from the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed 2012 to 2016 National Vital Statistics System birth data to examine recent state-specific trends in gestational diabetes.

The researchers found that the crude national prevalence of preexisting diabetes was 0.9 percent among women with live births and the prevalence of gestational diabetes was 6.0 percent in 2016. The age- and race/ethnicity-standardized prevalence of preexisting diabetes was stable at 0.8 percent among 40 jurisdictions with continuously available data from 2012 through 2016, while a slight increase was seen from 5.2 to 5.6 percent for gestational diabetes.

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