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Circadian Rhythms and Health Research Trends
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Editors: Alfredo V. Lignelli
Book Description:
A circadian rhythm is a roughly-24-hour cycle in the physiological processes of living beings, including plants, animals, fungi and cyanobacteria. The term "circadian", comes from the Latin circa, "around", and dies, "day", meaning literally "about a day." The formal study of biological temporal rhythms such as daily, weekly, seasonal, and annual rhythms, is called chronobiology. In a strict sense, circadian rhythms are endogenously generated, although they can be modulated by external cues such as sunlight and temperature. Most of a personís body systems demonstrate circadian variations. The body systems with the most prominent circadian variations are the sleep-wake cycle, the temperature regulation system, and the endocrine system. The malfunctioning of a personís circadian system, or biological clock, causes circadian rhythm disorders. Circadian rhythms and their relation to health outcomes in the globalized hyper world of the 21st century are now understood to be extremely important.

Table of Contents:
Preface

Chapter I - The Human Biological Clock: From Genes to Chronotherapy, pp. 1-30;
(Michel A. Hofman (Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam, The Netherlands))

Chapter II - The Adaptive Significance of Circadian Rhythms and Its Relevance to Human Health, pp. 31-55;
(Abel Bult-Ito and Marina R. Castillo (Behavioral and Evolutionary Neuroscience Laboratory, Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks, USA))

Chapter III - Non-Photic Effects on the Circadian System and How They Relate to Human Health, pp. 57-74;
(Marina R. Castillo and Abel Bult-Ito (Behavioral and Evolutionary Neuroscience Laboratory, Univ. of Alaska, USA))

Chapter IV - Diuretic Pattern in Older Adults with Nocturnal Polyuria and Its Association with Blood Pressure and Nocturnal Natriuresis, pp. 75-97;
(Osamu Natsume (Dept. of Urology, Nara Prefectural Rehabilitation Center, Nara, Japan))

Chapter V - Acquisition of Circadian Rhythms by Neonates: A Review on the Potentials of Exfoliated Cells to Study Gastrointestinal Tract Maturation and Clockwork, pp. 99-116;
(Bertrand Kaeffer, (INRA and University of Nantes, France)

Chapter VI - Circadian Rhythm of the Autonomic Nervous System in Quality Sleep Disorders, pp. 117-130;
(Antonio Perciaccante, Alessandra Fiorentini, Luigi Tubani (Dept. of Clinical Medicine, Univ. "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy))

Chapter VII - Melatonin-Rich Night-Time Milk, Sleep and Daytime Activity in Healthy Middle-Aged Subjects, pp. 131-143;
(Maija Valtonen (Institute of Applied Biotechnology, Univ. of Kuopio, Finland), Leo Niskanen (Dept. of Medicine, Kuopio Univ. Hospital, Finland), Teuvo Koskinen (Dept. of Psychogeriatrics, Kuopio Univ. Hospital, Finland), Antti-Pekka Kangas (Institute of Applied Biotechnology, University of Kuopio, Finland))

Chapter VIII - Modulatory Effects of Respiration on Circadian Rhythm of Heart Rate Variability, pp. 145-157;
(Alessandra Fiorentini, Luigi Tubani, Antonio Perciaccante (Dept. of Clinical Medicine, Univ. "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy))

Chapter IX - Circadian Rhythms in Eye Parameters, pp. 159-168;
(Paolo Fogagnolo, (G. B. Bietti Foundation for the Study and Research in Ophthalmology, Rome, Italy), Federica Capizzi, Luca Rossetti, Nicola Orzalesi (Eye Clinic, San Paolo Hospital, Dept. of Medicine, Surgery and Odontoiatry, Univ. of Milan, Italy))

Chapter X - Circannual Changes in Photoperiod and Environment Affects Fertility in the Pig, pp. 169-185;
(Olli Peltoniemi (Dept. Clinical Veterinary Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Univ. of Helsinki, Finland))

Chapter XI - The Current State of Knowledge About Impact of Working at Night and Working Shifts on Employees' Health, pp. 187-198;
(Bartosz Bilski (Poznan Univ. of Medical Sciences, Poland))

Chapter XII - Circadian Rhythms of the Cell Proliferation and Migration in the Small Intestine, pp. 199-206;
(Jose Rosa Gomes, Maria Albertina de Miranda Soares, Cristina Lucia Sant' Ana Costa Ayub (Dept. de Biologia Estrutural, Molecular e Genetica, Univ. Estadual de Ponta Grossa, Parana, Brasil))

Index

   Binding: Hardback
   Pub. Date: 2007
   ISBN: 1-60021-875-x
   Status: AV
  
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