Discussion in 'Other health news and research' started by Andy, Dec 12, 2017.
Open access at https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-02111-0
Article based on this paper
watched Horizon last night
Body Clock: What Makes Us Tick?
We all have a biological clock ticking away inside us that governs our daily rhythms. This affects our health as much as our diet and whether we exercise. So what can we do to manage this internal clock better?
To find out, evolutionary biologist Ella Al-Shamahi locks former commando Aldo Kane in an abandoned nuclear bunker with no way of telling the time - for ten days. Monitored around the clock by a team of scientists, he carries out a barrage of tests to uncover exactly what makes our body clock tick.
Above ground, Ella meets two time-starved couples to test the latest thinking on how we can manage our body clocks better. In trying to improve their sleep, and their lives, she uncovers practical advice that we can all take on board. Studies on shift workers show that regularly disrupting our sleep makes us more at risk of diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. So getting to grips with our biological clock couldn't be more important."
But the most interesting bit was the interview with one of the original researchers (Professor Jeffrey Hall Chronobiologist) and the explanation of how the Period gene works (21.30), not just in fruit flies but also in humans.
for real scientific stuff:
Circadian rhythms in mitochondrial respiration.
and very complicated stuff:
PER1 period circadian regulator 1 Homo sapiens (human)
would be interesting to see if there is any real disruption of the circadian clock at the cellular level (as opposed to observing things at different times of the day) in pwME.
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