Dr. Lena Brundin
October 1, 2012 | WGVU
Roughly one million people make a suicide attempt each year. The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control says nearly 37,000 Americans killed themselves in 2009. What’s causing so many people to take their lives?
From her Grand Rapids laboratory at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, Dr. Lena Brundin has narrowed her search to three possibilities; Herpes virus, Phytomega virus and Toxoplasma gondii. All three can cause infections in the brain. But its Toxoplasma gondii that’s been linked to suicide research and it’s common around the world.