publication . Other literature type . Article . 2007

The dark side of light at night: physiological, epidemiological, and ecological consequences

Kristen J. Navara; Randy J. Nelson;
  • Published: 01 Oct 2007
  • Publisher: Wiley
Abstract
Organisms must adapt to the temporal characteristics of their surroundings to successfully survive and reproduce. Variation in the daily light cycle, for example, acts through endocrine and neurobiological mechanisms to control several downstream physiological and behavioral processes. Interruptions in normal circadian light cycles and the resulting disruption of normal melatonin rhythms cause widespread disruptive effects involving multiple body systems, the results of which can have serious medical consequences for individuals, as well as large-scale ecological implications for populations. With the invention of electrical lights about a century ago, the tempo...
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free text keywords: Internal medicine, medicine.medical_specialty, medicine, Melatonin, medicine.drug, Circadian disruption, Skyglow, Light Cycle, Ecology, Endocrinology, Temporal organization, Great Rift, Biology, Light pollution, Circadian rhythm
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publication . Other literature type . Article . 2007

The dark side of light at night: physiological, epidemiological, and ecological consequences

Kristen J. Navara; Randy J. Nelson;