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4 Your Health: benefits of in-home care, parents caring for NICU babies; Robin Williams affect on suicide

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Suicides in the U.S. spiked after the 2014 death of actor Robin Williams.

That's according to a new study from Columbia University. Researchers said there was a 10-percent rise in suicides in the months after Williams took his own life. Men between 30 and 44 years old were especially affected. And there was a 32 percent increase in suffocation suicides, the same method Williams used.

Parents providing care in the hospital

Allowing parents to care for their newborns in intensive care can improve the infant's health and well-being.

A Canadian study looked at NICU programs that involved parents feeding, medicating, and taking the temperature of their babies. These infants were more likely to gain weight and the parents had less stress and anxiety, compared to standard care.

A case for in-home care

Bringing the hospital home may help patients heal faster with fewer costs.

Researchers at Brigham And Women's Hospital in Boston, tracked nine in-home patients who had continuous monitoring and daily visits from doctors and nurses. The costs were *half* as much as typical hospital care. Home patients also slept better, stayed more active, and were happier than patients in the hospital.

A larger study is already underway.

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