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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Infection Linked to Large Increased Risk for Death by Suicide

Notably, the increased suicide risk associated with infection was still 1.31-fold higher even among individuals with no history of a psychiatric diagnosis, including those with no history of schizophrenia or affective disorder (IRR, 1.40) and no history of substance use (IRR, 1.35).

"This was one of the most surprising findings," Dr Lund-Sørensen told Medscape Medical News.

"After accounting for individuals diagnosed with any psychiatric disorder, we still found a significant increased risk of dying by suicide after infections, implying that psychiatric disorders may only partly explain the association."

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/867299

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