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Permanent night-shift work may elevate risk for moderate to severe asthma

Adults who work permanent night shifts may have an increased risk for moderate to severe asthma, according to findings from an observational study published in Thorax.About 20% of employees in the developed world work permanent or rotating night shifts, which can cause circadian rhythm misalignment with the external light and dark cycle. This misalignment is associated with increased risks for

Disclosures: Durrington reports no relevant financial disclosures. Please see the study for all other authors’ relevant financial disclosures.

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Permanent night-shift work may elevate risk for moderate to severe asthma

Adults who work permanent night shifts may have an increased risk for moderate to severe asthma, according to findings from an observational study published in Thorax.

About 20% of employees in the developed world work permanent or rotating night shifts, which can cause circadian rhythm misalignment with the external light and dark cycle. This misalignment is associated with increased risks for various metabolic disorders, cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to a press release.

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Hannah J. Durrington, MA, MRCP, PhD, clinical senior lecturer in the division of infection, immunity and respiratory medicine and the Lydia Becker Institute of Immunology and Inflammation at the University of Manchester, U.K., and colleagues evaluated medical, lifestyle and employment information in the UK Biobank from 2007 to 2010 for 286,825 adults (aged 37 to 72 years). All participants were…

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