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Circadian Rhythms, Aging, and Life Span in Mammals

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Description Resetting the circadian clock leads to well being and increased life span, whereas clock disruption is associated with aging and morbidity. Increased longevity and improved health can be achieved by different feeding regimens that reset circadian rhythms and may lead to better synchrony in metabolism and physiology. This review focuses on recent findings concerning the relationships between circadian rhythms, aging attenuation, and life-span extension in mammals.
Type of Resource Journal Article/Issue
Format Web Page - HTML
Oren Froy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Development Date August 1, 2011
Grade/Age Levels Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
Undergraduate upper division (Grades 15-16)
Professional (degree program)
Continuing Education
General Public
Informal Education
Learning Time <=1 hour
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed By Journal Board
Review Date Reviewed at time of publication
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This is an excellent review for any instructor trying to update lecture material on circadian rhythms. There is an authoritative listing of key references to the primary literature. 

Thomas Phillips, University of Missouri

This is a relatively recent review article [2011] that is looking at the circadian rhythm and its relationship to aging.  One of the highlights of this resource in the manner in which it clearly explains the circadian rhythm and the different systems involved.  The review also considers the effects of calorie restriction and metabolism on the circadian clock and its role in aging. 

Kelly Wentz-Hunter, Roosevelt University


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