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Melatonin, also known chemically as N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine, is a naturally occurring compound found in animals, plants, and microbes. In animals, circulating levels of the hormone melatonin vary in a daily cycle, thereby allowing the entrainment of the circadian rhythms of several biological functions.
Role of melatonin for the treatment of cancer increasing in improtance

Role of melatonin for the treatment of cancer increasing in improtance

Seasonal depression affects hamsters

Seasonal depression affects hamsters

Bright light therapy may aid patients with depressive and bipolar disorders

Bright light therapy may aid patients with depressive and bipolar disorders

Simple, at-home treatment for jet lag

Simple, at-home treatment for jet lag

Fertility treatment most successful in summer

Fertility treatment most successful in summer

Adolescents who are lethargic, cranky and forgetful may have chronic sleep deprivation

Adolescents who are lethargic, cranky and forgetful may have chronic sleep deprivation

Brains of one species of mouse actually shrink during the winter

Brains of one species of mouse actually shrink during the winter

Parents are more likely to get a good night’s sleep if they take their babies out in the early afternoon

Parents are more likely to get a good night’s sleep if they take their babies out in the early afternoon

First study to measure the influence of night-shift work on hormone levels that may affect breast-cancer risk

First study to measure the influence of night-shift work on hormone levels that may affect breast-cancer risk

Chemical pathways of serotonin in the nervous system pave way for future pharmaceutical treatments for depression

Chemical pathways of serotonin in the nervous system pave way for future pharmaceutical treatments for depression

Experts consider evidence of link between the rise in childhood leukaemia and increased light at night

Experts consider evidence of link between the rise in childhood leukaemia and increased light at night

Conference – Childhood leukaemia: incidence, causal mechanisms and prevention

Conference – Childhood leukaemia: incidence, causal mechanisms and prevention

Pineal gland which regulates the cycles of sleep and waking evolved  to improve vision

Pineal gland which regulates the cycles of sleep and waking evolved to improve vision

Natural hormone called melatonin may guide our sleep patterns

Natural hormone called melatonin may guide our sleep patterns

Seasons may be involved in onset of menopause

Seasons may be involved in onset of menopause

Genes that allow nerve cells to communicate may have come from bacteria eons ago

Genes that allow nerve cells to communicate may have come from bacteria eons ago

Small, frequent doses of caffeine best strategy for staying awake

Small, frequent doses of caffeine best strategy for staying awake