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Jet-lag solution nears
10:00am Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
Researchers at Oxford University are a step closer to developing a drug to deal with jet-lag.
After carrying out tests on mice, a university team has discovered why the body is so slow to recover from jet-lag.
It has also potentially found how drugs could help the body cope with time zone changes.
The researchers, who are working with the Swiss healthcare company Hoffmann La Roche, have found a molecule, called SIK1, which limits the effects of light on the body clock.
When they blocked the activity of SIK1 in mice, the animals adjusted faster to changes in the light cycle.
Professor Russell Foster, who led the team with Dr Stuart Peirson, said they were still a few years away from developing a treatment. He added: “Such drugs could potentially have broader therapeutic value for people with mental health issues.”
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