Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 06/24/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Maine Legislature Adjourns Sine Die; Major Bills Pass in the Waning Hours
•  Vaccine Law Opponents Seek "People's Veto"
•  Ronan New Head of MHA Board
•  MaineCare Enrollment Far Below Expectations
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  Suicide Rates Increase Among US Teens
•  MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, ECHO Program
•  2019 Governor Mills Response to the Opioid Summit - July 15th
•  ACU Annual Conference is taking place in Washington, DC from July 28th-31st
•  2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award Nominations Due by July 31
•  Maine Independent Clinical Information Service 2019 Presentations
•  Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) Training Program - October 9
•  Physician
•  Nurse Practitioner
•  Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist
•  Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)
•  BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
•  Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health


Suicide Rates Increase Among US Teens

Reports show teen suicide rates in the U.S. are climbing, especially among boys.


[from AMA Morning Rounds]

Reuters (6/18, Carroll) reports that since 2007, “suicide rates have been climbing among U.S. teens, with an especially pronounced increase in boys recently,” researchers concluded after examining data from “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Underlying Cause of Death database.” The study’s lead author “hopes the study will alert parents and other relatives to the increasing suicide rates so they will notice changes in teens and young adults that might suggest a risk for suicide.” The findings were published June 18 in a research letter in JAMA.

According to CNN (6/18, Howard), “overall in 2017, there were 6,241 suicides among young people aged 15 to 24, of whom 5,016 were young men and 1,225 were young women, the researchers found.” The study, however, “had some limitations, including that the causes of death in the data were based on death certificates, which can be subject to error, or it could suggest that the observed increase in suicide deaths may reflect more accurate reporting in certificates.” In addition, investigators “did not examine factors behind the increase in suicide rates.”