PerspectiveMedicine

Dosing time matters

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Science  09 Aug 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6453, pp. 547-549
DOI: 10.1126/science.aax7621

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Summary

Physicians diagnose and administer treatment as needed; time of day is rarely considered. Yet, accumulating evidence shows that our molecular clocks orchestrate 24-hour circadian rhythms in vital cardio-metabolic, endocrine, immunologic, and behavioral functions. Time, therefore, adds a potentially important dimension to medicine. Circadian medicine aims to incorporate knowledge of 24-hour biological rhythms to enhance diagnosis and treatment. How is research and technology shaping this endeavor?

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