Health Highlights: Sept. 30, 2022​

Suicides rose among Americans in 2021, reversing two years of decline. The U.S. suicide rate increased to 14 suicides for every 100,000 people, up from 13.5 per 100,000 in 2020, according to new CDC numbers. Read more

After Ian’s destruction: How to safely enter, clean flood-damaged homes. Dangers from electricity, carbon monoxide and mold abound: Residents driven out of their homes by Hurricane Ian must be cautious when they return, federal experts warn. Read more

Could a folic acid prescription lower suicide risk? For reasons that remain unclear, a new study found that people taking prescription-strength levels of the nutrient had a suicide rate that was 44% less than people who didn’t. Still, experts aren’t advocating folic acid for suicide prevention just yet. Read more

Many Americans with heart disease are also ‘food insecure.’ About 38% of people who have heart disease did not have regular access to food in 2017-2018, researchers discovered. That’s double the rate seen two decades earlier. Read more