LONDON: Rotating night shift work can be hazardous to your health.

Scientists have confirmed an increase in cardiovascular disease and lung cancer mortality observed in nurses working rotating night shifts.

The international team of researchers investigating possible links between rotating night shift work and all-cause, cardio vascular diseases (CVD) and cancer mortality in a study of almost 75,000 registered US nurses found that mortality from all causes appeared to be 11% higher for women with 15 years of rotating night shift work.

CVD mortality appeared to be 19% and 23% higher for those groups, respectively. There was no association between rotating shift work and any cancer mortality, except for lung cancer in those who worked shift work for 15 or more years (25% higher risk). Read more