January 13, 2012   13 notes
Art: "Night and Day" by Richard Hull
Science: ScienceDaily: Disruption of biological clocks can lead to neurodegeneration, early death, study suggests.

The biological clock, in humans and many other animals, is a complex  genetic mechanism tuned to the 24-hour day and regular cycles of light,  dark and sleep. It influences a wide range of biological processes, from  fertility to hormone production, feeding patterns, DNA repair, sleep,  stress reactions, even the effectiveness of medications. In humans,  researchers have found strong correlations between disrupted clock  mechanisms, aging, and neurologic diseases such as Alzheimer’s and  Huntington’s disease. …
"When the biological clock begins to fail, rhythms that regulate cell  function and health get disrupted, and we now know that this  predisposes the brain to neurodegeneration," Giebultowicz said. "But  that neurodegeneration, in turn, may cause more damage to the clock  function. "A healthy biological clock helps protect against this damage," she said. "When the clock fails, the damage processes speed up."

Art: "Night and Day" by Richard Hull

Science: ScienceDaily: Disruption of biological clocks can lead to neurodegeneration, early death, study suggests.

The biological clock, in humans and many other animals, is a complex genetic mechanism tuned to the 24-hour day and regular cycles of light, dark and sleep. It influences a wide range of biological processes, from fertility to hormone production, feeding patterns, DNA repair, sleep, stress reactions, even the effectiveness of medications. In humans, researchers have found strong correlations between disrupted clock mechanisms, aging, and neurologic diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease. …

"When the biological clock begins to fail, rhythms that regulate cell function and health get disrupted, and we now know that this predisposes the brain to neurodegeneration," Giebultowicz said. "But that neurodegeneration, in turn, may cause more damage to the clock function. "A healthy biological clock helps protect against this damage," she said. "When the clock fails, the damage processes speed up."

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