Switching off lights to avoid cancer
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 00:00
  

London: Simply turning on a light at night for a few seconds to go to the toilet can cause changes that might lead to cancer, scientists claim.



Researchers in the UK and Israel found that when a light is turned on at night, it triggers an "over-expression" of cells linked to the formation of cancer.

The tests were carried out on mice at Leicester University by geneticist Professor Charalambos Kyriacou. During the trial, a group of mice were exposed to a light for one hour. When compared with mice, who had been kept in the dark, changes were found in cells in the brain responsible for the circadian clock which controls body function.

"We believe that any turning on of artificial light in the night has an impact on the body clock. It`s a very sensitive mechanism. If you want to get up to go to the toilet, you should avoid reaching for the light switch. There are some plug-in lights that just glow, that are safe and you could use them as an alternative," Rachel Ben-Shlomo, of the University of Haifa, was quoted as saying.



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First Published: Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 00:00



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