Study shows jet lag danger
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.