Study shows jet lag dan­ger

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A STUDY that ex­posed el­derly mice to the rav­ages of reg­u­lar long­haul flights found most of them died.

The Univer­sity of Vir­ginia study showed a ma­jor­ity of older mice died while be­ing sub­jected to the equiv­a­lent of a Wash­ing­ton to Paris flight once a week for eight weeks, The Wash­ing­ton­Post re­ported yes­ter­day.

More in­tense forms of jet lag sped up the death rate in the el­derly ro­dents, the study found.

Ex­perts say the study is one of the first hard sci­en­tific looks into the health ef­fects of jet lag.

Younger mice seemed to re­bound more quickly and were not im­me­di­ately harmed by the jet lag.

Sim­u­lated jet lag con­di­tions were cre­ated by ad­vanc­ing and de­lay­ing the ro­dent’s ex­po­sure to light.

But re­searchers aren’t sure what con­clu­sions to draw from the re­sults, the news­pa­per said.

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