October 1st, 2010
10:49 AM ET

CDC: Nearly 1 in 10 U.S. adults depressed

Nine percent of U.S. adults have at least some symptoms of depression, and people in certain states are more likely to be depressed than those in others, according to the results of a nationwide survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mississippi had the highest depression rate in the nation, with 14.8 percent of residents reporting two or more symptoms of the condition, such as feeling hopeless, taking little interest or pleasure in everyday activities, and having trouble concentrating. Health.com: How to recognize the symptoms of depression

Other states at the top of the list included West Virginia (14.3 percent), Alabama (13 percent), Oklahoma (11.3 percent), Tennessee (11 percent), and Louisiana (10.8 percent), according to the survey, which was conducted in 2006 and 2008.  See state map. FULL POST

October 1st, 2010
08:40 AM ET

How much weight is needed to strengthen my bones?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Friday, it's Dr. Melina Jampolis, a physician nutrition specialist.

Question asked by Amy of Houston, Texas:

I am 39 years old and petite (5 feet and weigh about 94 pounds). My doctor recommended that I work out with weights to increase my bone density, since my small size puts me at greater risk for osteoporosis as I get older. How much weight is needed to strengthen my bones and are there certain types of exercises that would be most beneficial for this purpose?


October 1st, 2010
12:05 AM ET

Sleep linked to hypertension in pregnant women

Pregnant women who get too much or too little sleep early in their pregnancy could develop elevated blood pressure in their third trimester, according to a new study published in the journal Sleep.

About 1,300 healthy, pregnant women participated in the study, thought to be the first to look at a link between insufficient sleep and blood pressure in pregnant women.

Researchers found women in the early stages of pregnancy typically get nine hours of sleep. But women who slept six hours or less and those who slept more than 10 hours a night had elevated blood pressure levels, the study shows.


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