Tag Archives: Light

Blue Light Accelerates Aging

Before the invention and distribution of artificial lighting, the sun determined when people went to bed and when they woke up. While artificial light has extended the hours you may be productive, it comes at a price as it affects health, interrupts sleep patterns and circadian rhythms and may shorten your lifespan. Digital devices are… Read More »

Identical twins light the way for new genetic cause of arthritis

Identical twin toddlers who presented with severe arthritis helped scientists to identify the first gene mutation that can single-handedly cause a juvenile form of this inflammatory joint disease. By investigating the DNA of individual blood cells of both children and then modelling the genetic defect in a mouse model, the research team led by Adrian… Read More »

Female journalists shine a light on the sometimes-deadly process of giving birth

“Why giving birth in the U.S. is surprisingly deadly” is part of National Geographic’s special-edition, single-topic issue on “The Future of Medicine,” available online now and on newsstands Dec. 21. Rachel Jones was the ninth of her mother’s 10 children, but she never thought to ask about her birth. Growing up poor in Cairo, Illinois,… Read More »