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03 October 2011

Modern shift work patterns may be less harmful to health

Working rotating shifts is not as potentially unhealthy as it used to be, according to new research that suggests modern shift patterns may not carry the same risks for cancer.

Working rotating shifts is not as potentially unhealthy as it used to be, according to new Canadian research that suggests modern shift patterns may not carry the same risks for cancer as older, more extreme shift schedules.

The researchers studied 123 Kingston General Hospital shift workers who wore light-intensity meters to determine their peak melatonin levels and the overall change in melatonin levels during winter day and night shifts, as well as summer day and night shifts.

 
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