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Our Bodies Fight Off Illness Far Better in the Mornings

Some viruses and pathogens even manipulate our molecular 'clockwork' to up their chance of thriving

(Newser) - Studies have suggested that the time of day one receives a flu shot can actually affect how effective it is, and now University of Cambridge researchers are reporting in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that our immune systems are better at fighting off viruses and pathogens at... More »

How Being a 'Lark' or 'Owl' Affects Performance

Study: Time one wakes, plays has a dramatic impact

(Newser) - If you're an early riser, your peak performance is earlier in the day, typically around lunchtime. If you're a night owl who prefers to sleep in, your prime time is closer to 8pm. One's internal body clock, which influences everything from alertness to risk of heart attack,... More »

Tiny Sea Louse Has Extra Body Clock

One for night and day, and the other for the tides

(Newser) - The speckled sea louse may be only 5mm long, but it's got something you don't: an extra body clock. Like humans and other creatures, the sea louse has one body clock that follows the circadian rhythms of night and day. But scientists have found the first molecular proof... More »

Body Clock Drug Could Cure Depression, Jet Lag, Obesity

Circadian manipulator resets rhythms in mice

(Newser) - Scientists have developed a drug that can manipulate the body clocks of mice—opening up the possibilities of treating such wide-ranging disorders as jet lag, manic depression, and obesity. The drug, developed by a team of British and American scientists, can adjust the circadian rhythms of mice by altering a... More »

Pee in the Dark to Avoid Cancer

Seriously, turning on light in the middle of the night seems to trigger something bad

(Newser) - First came the advice that we should all pee in the shower to save the water it takes to flush the toilet. Now, apparently, we should pee in the dark. Researchers in the UK and Israel have found that turning on the light in the middle of the night triggers... More »

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