Night Shift Workers Face Some Of The Greatest Health Risks

January 5, 2015 7:52 PM

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Night Shift Workers Face Some Of The Greatest Health Risks

The red-eye flight from Paris to New York is rough. But imagine taking it twice a week for your entire life. Eventually, your body’s immune system will begin to lose the fight against an unstable sleep schedule. You’ll risk infections and long-term disorders, including cancer and cardiovascular disease — not to mention the hits you’ll take to your general alertness and productivity.

Such is the life of night shift work, according to the latest results of an ongoing study of female nurses at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Launched in 1976, the Nurses’ Health Study now includes almost 75,000 nurses. The most recent results? After only five years on the job, nurses who wo...

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