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Thomas Münzel, Omar Hahad, Andreas Daiber, The dark side of nocturnal light pollution. Outdoor light at night increases risk of coronary heart disease, European Heart Journal, Volume 42, Issue 8, 21 February 2021, Pages 831–834, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/ehaa866 This editorial refers to ‘Outdoor light at night and risk of coronary heart disease among older adults: a prospective cohort study’†,...
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By Frank La Sorte and Kyle Horton Millions of birds travel between their breeding and wintering grounds during spring and autumn migration, creating one of the greatest spectacles of the natural world. These journeys often span incredible distances. For example, the Blackpoll warbler, which weighs less than half an ounce, may travel up to 1,500 miles...
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Date: February 8, 2021 Source: Wiley Summary: People living in regions with high levels of outdoor artificial light at night may face a higher risk of developing thyroid cancer. FULL STORY People living in regions with high levels of outdoor artificial light at night may face a higher risk of developing thyroid cancer. The finding...
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Dong Zhang, Rena R. Jones, Peter James, Cari M. Kitahara, and Qian Xiao. Associations between artificial light at night and risk for thyroid cancer: a large U.S. cohort study. Cancer, 2021 DOI: 10.1002/cncr.33392 Abstract Background Light at night (LAN) inhibits nighttime secretion of melatonin and may cause circadian disruption, which may be a risk factor for cancer. Recent...
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Argys, LM, Averett, SL, Yang, M. Light pollution, sleep deprivation, and infant health at birth. South Econ J. 2021; 87: 849– 888. https://doi.org/10.1002/soej.12477 Abstract We conduct the first study to examine the fetal health impact of light pollution based on a direct measure of skyglow, an important aspect of light pollution. Using an empirical regularity discovered in physics (called Walker’s law) as an instrumental...
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Walker, W.H., II; Bumgarner, J.R.; Walton, J.C.; Liu, J.A.; Meléndez-Fernández, O.H.; Nelson, R.J.; DeVries, A.C. Light Pollution and Cancer. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21, 9360. Abstract For many individuals in industrialized nations, the widespread adoption of electric lighting has dramatically affected the circadian organization of physiology and behavior. Although initially assumed to be innocuous, exposure to artificial...
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Image by Pat King The International Dark-Sky Association is pleased to announce the certification of Timpanogos Cave National Monument as an Urban Night Sky Place (UNSP). This International Dark Sky Place designation was developed in 2018 to draw attention to the role urban protected landscapes play in raising public awareness of light pollution. Timpanogos Cave is the...
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Paksarian D, Rudolph KE, Stapp EK, et al. Association of Outdoor Artificial Light at Night With Mental Disorders and Sleep Patterns Among US Adolescents. JAMA Psychiatry. Published online July 08, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.1935 Key Points Question  Are levels of outdoor artificial light at night associated with adolescent sleep patterns and past-year mental disorder? Findings  In a cross-sectional, nationally representative survey...
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Sustainability 2019, 11(14), 3989; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143989 Abstract Light pollution is a serious environmental issue with many adverse effects on human health and the ecosystem as a whole. Accordingly, many countries have issued laws and regulations to limit the effects of artificial lighting at night (ALAN). The Republic of Korea and China are among the few countries that have drafted...
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Abstract Both obesity and breast cancer are already recognized worldwide as the most common syndromes in our modern society. Currently, there is accumulating evidence from epidemiological and experimental studies suggesting that these syndromes are closely associated with circadian disruption. It has been suggested that melatonin (MLT) and the circadian clock genes both play an important...
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