SAD / Winter Blues

A Seasonal Pattern of Hospital Medication Errors in Alaska

Specific behavioral consequences of seasonal affective disorder have not been closely examined. Length of daylight is evaluated in relation to medication errors in a medical center located in the far north. Factors such as numbers of patient admissions, discharges, and deaths were controlled with data collected in Anchorage, Alaska, over 5 [...]

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Pediatric Seasonal Affective Disorder

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of light therapy for the treatment of pediatric seasonal affective disorder (SAD). METHOD: 28 children (aged 7 to 17 years) at two geographically distinct sites were enrolled in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial of bright-light treatment. Subjects initially entered a week-long baseline period during which they [...]

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ipRGC, the Newfound Eye Cells that Sense Night Day

The eye's retina contains light receptors known as cones and rods. These receptors receive light, convert it to chemical energy, and activate the nerves that send messages to the brain. They were thought to be the only photoreceptors in the retina. "When we began to do our work, we knew there [...]

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Light therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

“For many patients with SAD [Seasonal Affective Disorder], light therapy should be regarded as a first-line treatment, given its high success and acceptance rate.” Journal of the American Medical Association, v. 270, #22, pp. 2717-20   For more information, please contact: Sunshine Sciences   PO Box 19917 Boulder, CO 80308 303 834-9161   [...]

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Scientific Breakthrough ~ Blue Wavelengths Suppress Melatonin

Several very recent studies, most notably research from a team headed by Dr. George Brainard at Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, have identified the specific wavelengths of blue light, 446-477nm, that are crucial in suppressing melatonin production in humans.1, 2, 3, 4 As Dr. Brainard notes, “This discovery will have [...]

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