US SUICIDES RISING

Now a leading risk factor for women.

Suicides increased between 1999 and 2005 by about 3 percent annually in white men and 4 percent in white women age 40 to 64, according to Susan Baker, M.P.H., of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, and her colleagues. Suicide rates remained the same in Asians and Native Americans, and declined in blacks.

Notwithstanding the terrible shape the economy is in, I can't help but wonder how much the notion of gender equality plays in the increase rates of suicide among women.