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18% More U.S. Troops Committed Suicide Than Died in Combat Last Year

Statistics released today show that the U.S. military continues to struggle with suicide. In all, 349 servicemembers died by suicide in 2012, which is the highest number since 2001, when the Department of Defense first began tracking military suicides, and exceeds the 295 combat-related deaths recorded last year. The Pentagon was quick to push back on the numbers, telling the Associated Press that suicide rates among military personnel are statistically lower than average:

The Pentagon says that although the military suicide rate has been rising, it remains below that of the civilian population. It says the civilian suicide rate for males aged 17-60 was 25 per 100,000 in 2010, the latest year for which such statistics are available. That compares with the military’s rate in 2012 of 17.5 per 100,000.

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BBC News – Mosquitoes ignore repellent Deet after first exposure

The widely used insect repellent Deet appears to be losing its effectiveness against mosquitoes, scientists say.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine say mosquitoes are first deterred by the substance, but then later ignore it.

They say more research is needed to find alternatives to Deet, which was first developed by the US military.

The research was carried out on Aedes aegypti, a species of mosquito that spreads dengue and yellow fever.

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