Is Curing Insomnia Key to Curing Depression?

A New York Times editorial called it possibly “the most dramatic advance in treating depression in decades.” Psychologist and sleep specialist Michael Breus, writing in the Huffington Post, said it could “dramatically change and broaden treatment for millions of people who suffer the debilitating effects of depression.” The excitement is over a new report that found that treating insomnia along with depression could double a person’s chance of overcoming the mood disorder. Even more surprising, patients’ insomnia was treated not …

A Good Night’s Sleep May Protect Against Dementia

Are you getting a good night’s sleep? Two new studies offer yet more reasons for why you should make sure you do. In one study, researchers at the University of Rochester, in New York state, found that the brain sweeps away waste and toxins during sleep. In the other, researchers at  Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, found that poor-quality sleep is linked to the buildup of toxins that seem to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. Taken together, these studies show how sleep …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1. Those stories were wrong: Jack Nicholson isn’t retiring after all … at least not from the movies. (Learn more at Vanity Fair) 2. The Saiga, an endangered species of antelope that looks like something out of the bar scene in Star Wars, is making a comeback. (Learn more at National Geographic) 3. More than 90 percent of Americans routinely throw out perfectly good food because they think it’s no longer safe to eat. (Learn more …

5 Beauty Secrets of Good Sleepers

Getting beauty sleep is no fairy tale. Sleep deprivation accelerates aging according to a new study sponsored by Estee Lauder at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Bad sleepers showed more wrinkles, saggier skin and uneven pigmentation than good snoozers. Funny thing. Many women 50 and older say they hardly sleep. We doze on and off between other night activities such as reading, snacking, sex, checking our emails and shopping online. Here are five tricks to outsmarting the …

Hot Sauce to Cold Caps: 5 Things You Should Know

Five health news stories from the past week you should know about:   1. Do you cook with hot sauce? Be careful which brand you choose. A new study by University of Nevada Las Vegas of 25 imported brands found four from Mexico with high levels of lead. The brands include El Pato Salsa Picante, Castilo Salsa Habanera, Salsa Picante de Chile Habanero and Bufalo Salsa Clasica, reports NBC News. Lead can affect the body’s organs and is especially risky for …

Eat to Sleep: Which Foods Help Your Zzz’s?

Does what you eat affect how well you sleep? The answer appears to be yes, and we’re not just talking about midnight snacking. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania finds that a more varied diet – including five nutrients in particular – could improve people’s sleep. The research was published online in May in the journal Appetite. The researchers were interested in the diet-sleep link because too little sleep is linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cognitive …