Phone apps are helping scientists track suicidal thoughts in real time

Studies aim to find out if such close monitoring could help prevent suicides

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PRECIOUS TIME  Investigations that equip volunteers with smartphones indicate that suicidal thoughts fluctuate in signature ways over just a few hours. Closer scrutiny of these thinking patterns may lead to advances in suicide prevention.

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