September 4: Weekly Health Roundup

McDonald’s to Launch All-Day Breakfast

Hear that? That’s the sound of millions of American’s shouting in rejoice as McDonald’s announced this week they’ll be offering breakfast all day long starting October 6. The menu items will vary in different markets as McDonald’s attempts to reverse sluggish sales, via Fox News

What Your Sleep Says About Your Health

Whether you’re a fan of naps or prefer to get all your shut eye at night, how you sleep says a lot about your health. If you find yourself “catching up” on sleep you miss out on at night it could point to an underlying health problems like sleep apnea, depression or cancer. Likewise, staying up until exhaustion and then crashing is a form of sleep bulimia where people miss out on “vital moments in their sleep cycle, such as REM cycles”, via CNN

Midlife Weight May Affect When Alzheimer’s Hits

As if we needed another reason to watch our waistlines – research has found that that middle aged weight can influence if and when they develop Alzheimer’s disease. The study has limitations – it didn’t track weight before or after 50 so there’s “no way to know if losing pounds after that age made a difference in dementia risk”. Still, keeping a healthy weight has a wide range of benefits so it’s still important to keep an eye on it, via Madison

Doctors May Check Hearts with Smartphones

200 years after the stethoscope was invented, it looks like it’s getting an update. A device called the Eko Core was just approved by the FDA. The device “amplifies and records the sound signals transmitted by ubiquitous medical devices, then sends the sound waves wirelessly to an iPhone app.” An app like this could help diagnose heart irregularities or diseases in those that are remote are far away from a heart specialist, via Engadget

Do Fish Oil Pills Really Boost Brain Power

Many of us ignore advice to eat more fish but try to make up for it by taking a fish oil supplement. Unfortunately, a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that “these supplements are no magic elixir when it comes to staving off cognitive decline in older adults”. The best way is still through food, so do your best to include seafood in your diet, via NPR

Time to Weigh In

Are you excited to have access to McDonald’s breakfast all day? What would you say your sleep style is? Do you prefer to sleep 7-9 hours each night or use naps to catch up? Do you take fish oil pills to help boost your Omega-3 consumption? Does the research make you rethink your daily vitamin? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.