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4 Your Health: being healthy when pregnant; depression bad for cancer patients

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Depression may affect the survival of patients with head and neck cancer.

That's according to a new study from the University Of Louisville. Researchers followed patients recently diagnosed with head and neck cancer. Those who reported symptoms of depression were more likely to die from the disease over the next two years.

Experts recommend screening cancer patients for depression at the time of their diagnosis.

Need for a stable home

Struggling to pay rent each month can be harmful to the health of both adults and children.

A Boston Medical Center study looked at the housing status of over 22,000 low income families. One in three reported some type of instability, like getting behind on rent, homelessness, or making multiple moves. These families were more likely to be in poor health than those in stable housing situations.

Staying healthy for two

The country's leading pediatricians are stressing the importance of good nutrition for pregnant women and very young children.

The American Academy Of Pediatrics reports that doctors should recommend specific foods that provide nutrients needed for brain development. They should also know how to refer at-risk families to food pantries.

New moms should also be encouraged to breastfeed for at least six months.

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