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Bright Light as a Countermeasure for Circadian Desynchrony

2014-08-27 03:13:52 | BioPortfolio

Summary

Light is the primary means by which the internal circadian clock remains aligned ("entrained") with the external world. Misalignment of this internal clock can occur during situations such as shift work and jet travel across multiple time zones (jet lag). The purpose of this study is to examine the parameters of light and how they affect entrainment of the clock.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Dose Comparison, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Basic Science

Conditions

Healthy

Intervention

Bright light

Location

VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Palo Alto
California
United States
94304

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Results (where available)

View Results

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:13:52-0400

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

Relatively bright light, or the dazzling sensation of relatively bright light, which produces unpleasantness or discomfort, or which interferes with optimal VISION, OCULAR. (Cline et al., Dictionary of Visual Science, 4th ed)

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Failure or imperfection of vision at night or in dim light, with good vision only on bright days. (Dorland, 27th ed)

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