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Modern Shift Work Patterns May Be Less Harmful to Health
Date:9/29/2011

more humane patterns of day-day-night-night then five days off, so it's possible that an intervention to combat the health risks of shift work has already occurred," Grundy said in the news release.

"However, the overall change in melatonin levels that we found may still be a concern," she added. "We look forward to seeing other studies that either confirm our findings or that examine the impact of specific risk factors like extreme shift patterns and higher intensities of light at night."

The findings were published in the Sept. 27 online edition of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about shift work and health.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Queen's University, news release, Sept. 27, 2011


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