How our body clocks can make or break our health

On December 14, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

As our lifestyles become increasingly demanding, we build our lives around artificially divided days and nights that accommodate the need to work night shifts, stay up all night, or travel between continents. But this impacts our natural body clocks, with unwanted consequences. New research homes in on how disruptions to…

Screen time disrupts sleep by resetting internal clocks

On November 29, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Recent research has uncovered how light-sensitive cells in the eye can reset the internal clock when exposed to light. The light from our smartphones may affect our retinal cells, disrupting our circadian rhythms. The discovery could help explain why prolonged exposure to light that is out of sync with a…

Human brain clocks exposed: Effects of circadian clocks and sleep loss vary across brain regions, new study finds

Ever wondered what happens inside your brain when you stay awake for a day, a night and another day, before you finally go to sleep? In a new study published in the journal Science, a team of researchers from the University of Liege and the University of Surrey have…

Bacteria engineered with synthetic circadian clocks

On December 13, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Many of the body’s processes follow a natural daily rhythm or so-called circadian clock, so there are certain times of the day when a person is most alert, when the heart is most efficient, and when the body prefers sleep. Even bacteria have a circadian clock, and in a December…

Natural metabolite might reset aging biological clocks

On October 13, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Weizmann Institute researchers show that our daily rhythms are governed by a substance that declines with age As we age, our biological clocks tend to wind down. A Weizmann Institute research team has now revealed an intriguing new link between a group of metabolites whose levels drop as our…