Why you MUST get your seven hours' sleep

Getting just six hours, or less, sleep a night raises people's risk of depression by up to 80 percent, new research suggests, according to Daily Mail.

Having just one hour under the recommended seven hours of shut eye a night also increases people's risk of feeling nervous, helpless or restless by between 60 and 80 percent, a study found.

Women are particularly sensitive to the effects of insomnia, which the researchers believe may be due to their hormones making them more at risk of depression anyway. 

Bath additives for child eczema ineffective

Bath oils used to help treat eczema in children offer no meaningful benefit as part of their care, study finds.

Emollient bath additives are estimated to make up as much as a third of the cost of treating eczema in the UK, according to BBC.

Eggs not linked to cardiovascular risk, despite conflicting advice

Researchers aim to help clear up conflicting dietary advice around egg consumption, as a new study finds eating up to 12 eggs per week for a year did not increase cardiovascular risk factors in people with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes, according to Science Daily.

The research extends on a previous study that found similar results over a period of three months.

In the initial trial, participants aimed to maintain their weight while embarking on a high-egg (12 eggs per week) or low-egg (less than two eggs per week) diet, with no difference in cardiovascular risk markers identified at the end of three months.

Vitamin B6 helps people recall their dreams

New research has found that taking vitamin B6 could help people to recall their dreams.

The study, included 100 participants taking high-dose vitamin B6 supplements before going to bed for five consecutive days.

"Our results show that taking vitamin B6 improved people's ability to recall dreams compared to a placebo," says research author Dr Denholm Aspy, according to Science Daily.

"Vitamin B6 did not affect the vividness, bizarreness or colour of their dreams, and did not affect other aspects of their sleep patterns.

"This is the first time that such a study into the effects of vitamin B6 and other B vitamins on dreams has been carried out on a large and diverse group of people," Dr Aspy says.

Dementia risk linked to some medicines

In England, 1.5 to two million people are likely to be taking anticholinergics for depression, Parkinson's and bladder problems, according to BBC.

University of East Anglia researchers found more cases of dementia in patients prescribed larger quantities of particular anticholinergics.

But experts said patients should not stop taking them, as their benefits may outweigh any risk.