Pooled data reveals shift workers perform worse on tasks associated with attention, working memory, and information processing than non-shift workers.
Findings of a new study could help to design better strategies to improve sleep in workers with atypical work schedules.
Night-shifts destroy the natural 24-hour biological rhythm in the activity of certain cancer-related genes, resulting in more vulnerability to DNA damage and causing a mistiming in the DNA repair mechanisms in shift workers.
Researchers report a variation of the MTNR1A gene is linked to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease in older people. The same gene has previously been implicated in reduced tolerance to shift work in the aging population.
Findings provide additional insight into how the circadian clock regulates physiological function.
A new study reports on a link between circadian cell disruption and cancerous tumor growth.
A new study reports working against our natural body clocks could increase the severity of strokes.