Wellness Wednesday: Sleep Apnea

Jan 15, 2020
Man hitting alarm clock in bed.
Acharaporn / Pexels

New research shows that sleep apnea may increase the risk of mood disorders like anxiety and depression.

For Dan Younggren, who grows sugar beets in the northwest corner of Minnesota, 2019 was a year of plagues.

First came the water. "Ten inches, up to almost 20 inches of rain," Younggren says. The fields in his region were so wet that farmers couldn't work in them.

How Dollar Stores Impact Communities

Jul 1, 2019
A dollar store in Dayville, Ct.
JJBers / Flickr

Dollar stores are convenient when you need quick access to toilet paper, snacks, greeting cards, and craft supplies. 

But in some communities, residents are forced to rely on those stores for everything as dollar stores push out competitors.

An ordinance proposed in Cleveland would limit the number of dollar stores in the area. Cleveland is one of the few cities across the country attempting to change dollar store zoning laws.

Today on All Sides, we take a look at how and why cities are looking to limit the reach of the dollar store.

Wellness Wednesday: The Health Risks Of Processed Food

May 22, 2019
Healthy Food
Peggy Greb / Agricultural Research Service

Processed foods have become a staple of the western diet.

But eating a lot of these foods filled with extra sugar, fat, and other additives are making you hungrier, not to mention gain weight. 

That's accoding to a new study by the National Institutes of Health, which found that those who ate on an ultra-processed diet gained weight and took in about 500 extra calories a day.

Today on All Sides, health risks of consuming processed foods, and more.


Eating is supposed to feel good, and nothing says feel good like sugar. 

That’s why so many among us give up sugar for lent, or after the holidays. But what is happening in our brains that makes sugar challenging to kick for so many people?  

Today on All Sides Wellness Wednesday, what happens to your brain when you give up sugar, and more.

Listen up, night owls: If you're sleeping six or fewer hours per night, you're not doing your health any favors.

A new study finds that getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night may help you tame your sweet tooth.

It's not lost on beverage makers that consumers are drinking fewer sodas as they aim to cut back on sugar.

"Sugar is now the number one item that consumers want to avoid in their diets," says Darren Seifer, a food and beverage industry analyst with the NPD Group. The message to consume less is coming from health experts around the globe.

About half of all U.S. deaths from heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes are linked to poor diets, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

And eating more — or less — of just 10 types of food can help raise or lower the risk of death from these causes, the researchers found.

Oregon State University / Flicker

In his new book, Gary Taubes argues that the abundance of sugar in the western diet is the root cause of many health problems faced around the world. He suggests that the best way to prevent health problems like diabetes and obesity is a high-fat, low-carb diet. Today we'll discuss "The Case Against Sugar," the ethics of biospecimen research and how anti-inflammatory diets can prevent bone loss in women.

By now, you've very likely heard the case for limiting sugar.

Over the past two years the World Health Organization and the U.S. Dietary Guidelines have begun urging us to consume no more than 10 percent of our daily calories from added sugar. Drinking more than one sugar-sweetened soda a day can put you over that limit.

11:00 If you learned CPR five years ago, you'll remember a mouth-to-mouth breathing component. But guidelines continue to change, and CPR's effectiveness remains to be proven. This hour we'll talk about what to do when hearts stop. We'll also learn about the chronic pain epidemic and how to wean ourselves off hidden sugars.