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      Military suicides not linked to combat deployments, study says

      Researchers have not been able to conclusively link combat deployments to a recent uptick in military suicides, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

      Stars & Stripes magazine repots that a study of both current and retired American military members over a seven-year span revealed that the main reasons for suicide amongst servicepeople were not different than those of the general population.

      Those factors, the study said, include gender, alcohol, drug abuse or existing symptoms of depression.

      "Suicide risk was independently associated with male sex and mental disorders but not with military-specific variables," the study says.

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