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Pentagon Reports Record Number of Suicides in 2012

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A new report shows that more members of the military died by suicide than in combat last year.

The Pentagon says there were 325 confirmed or potential suicides among active-duty and non-active army personnel in 2012.

That's a record number -- an average of almost one death per day.

By comparison, army officials say total military deaths in Afghanistan last year were 313.

The army's Deputy Chief of Staff says the army is taking, "aggressive measures" to prevent suicide and help members of the military suffering mental trauma.

 


 

Medical experts now say that Laura Ingalls Wilder's sister probably didn't go blind from scarlet fever, as long thought.

Mary Ingalls, one of the characters in the beloved "Little House on the Prairie" books, was the older sister of the author Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Scarlet fever was rampant during the late 1800s, when the Minnesota-based books were set.  But a new analysis of historical documents and other records showed Mary instead probably had a brain disease called meningoencephalitis, which causes blindness -- scarlet fever does not.

Today, meningoencephalitis is easily treated with antibiotics, and is not considered serious.

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