New drugs treat sleep disorder and diabetes :very soon

Scientists including one of Indian origin have identified a major gear in the biological clock that tells the body when to sleep and metabolise food– the finding that may lead to new drugs to treat sleep problems and metabolic disorders, including diabetes.
The team from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies showed that two cellular switches found on the nucleus of mouse cells, known as REV-ERBa and REV-ERBß, are essential for maintaining normal sleeping and eating cycles and for metabolism of nutrients from food.

The findings describe a powerful link between circadian rhythms and metabolism and suggest a new avenue for treating disorders of both systems, including jet lag, sleep disorders, obesity and diabetes.

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