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Isolation Increases Florida's Rural Suicide RatesFlorida's rural counties are seeing suicide rates for youth almost double that of the state's large cities. And experts say isolation, poverty, access to firearms and a lack of mental health resources are to blame. — Daylina Miller
— Susan Jaffe (Sep. 25)
Is It Time to Re-think Autism?Neurotribes, by the US author and journalist Steve Silberman, has taken five years to write. It started as an investigation into the prevalence of autism within the tech bubble of Silicon Valley, but has evolved into a sprawling and fascinating dissection of the role autism has played in shaping human history. While acknowledging the very real challenges of the condition, Silberman, 57, argues strongly against the notion of autism as some “modern plague”. Instead, he questions who are we to decide which type of minds should be considered as normal? — Joe Shute (Sep. 23)
The Washington Post
OPINION: The Life-expectancy Gap
We all know that the United States is aging, but probably few of us know how skewed the process is in favor of the middle and upper-middle classes. Among men, life expectancy has improved substantially for the richest 60 percent. But for the poorest 40 percent, gains are tiny or nonexistent. Changes for women reflect similar trends, though less sharp, according to new figures from a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. — Robert J. Samuelson (Sep. 27)
World Economic Forum Agenda
Why People with Disabilities Need to be Included in Disaster PlanningPeople with disability are twice to four times more likely to be killed or injured in natural disasters than the general population. Deaf people may not hear early warning systems. People who cannot see, who have trouble walking, or who rely on wheeled mobility might find it difficult to flee and find protection. — Michelle Villeneuve (March 13)
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