Why Suicide Rates Are Higher Than Homicide Rates Video

In this medical health video learn how in the United States, the rate of suicides is almost double the rate of homicides. Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, explains why.
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Jennifer Matthews: Whether it's putting together a puzzle or playing his favorite game, 6-year-old Charles has energy. In fact, many people are surprised to learn Charles suffers from leukemia. Reshonda Hills: He's just so full of energy and running around like nothing is going on. Jennifer Matthews: But it wasn't too long ago that Charles needed a blood stem cell transplant, the problem his family couldn't find a donor match. Luckily researchers from St. Jude are testing a method that uses mismatched related donors. Dr. Gregory Hale: Now those types of transplants are typically fraught with more side effects because of that mismatch, Jennifer Matthews: But Dr. Hale performs what's called a reduced intensity transplant to minimize the side effects. First, cells are taken from the mismatched donor and processed in a machine. It separates out "bad" T-cells that could cause problems after the transplant. Then, the "good" cells are injected into the patient. The new method requires less chemo and no radiation. Dr. Gregory Hale: It's actually very exciting because we are seeing patients not dying from infections, not spending the whole day in the medicine room. Jennifer Matthews: In a study children recovered more quickly and had fewer infections with the reduced intensity treatment. Charles's dad was his donor and the transplant was a success. Charles Hills: it's like when I got out of the hospital, I was glad. Jennifer Matthews: And so was mom. Reshonda Hills: He's doing well, and he's coping with it very good, so I mean we just take one day forward. Jennifer Matthews: And Charles plans on enjoying each and everyone. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.

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