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Effect of light treatment on sleep and circadian rhythms in demented nursing home patients

Author(s): Ancoli-Israel, S., Martin, J. L., Kripke, D. F., Marler, M., Klauber, M. R.
The disturbed sleep seen in nursing home residents may be due to changes in circadian rhythms. Human circadian rhythms are biological cycles of about 24 hours that include sleep/wake, body temperature, and melatonin secretion cycles. A second reason for sleep disturbances in this population may be decreased exposure to bright light. Bright light (≥ 2,000 lux) appears to be one of the most powerful synchronizers of circadian rhythms, directly influencing melatonin secretion, sleep/wake patterns, and other circadian rhythms. 
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Medication Dispensing Errors in Community Pharmacies: A Nationwide Study

Author(s): Flynn, E. A., Dorris, N. T., Holman, G. T., Camahan, B. J., Barker, K. N
The available literature concerning medication dispensing errors provides relatively few studies that focus on community-based pharmacies, as much of the available research regarding dispensing errors has been conducted in single pharmacies that are associated with hospitals and medical centers, largely due to convenience. Although the dispensing process may be essentially the same, the validity of extending these findings to community pharmacies has yet to be tested. 
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Facility energy survey

Author(s): Rothbauer, S.J.

A literature review of the effects of natural light on building occupants

Author(s): Edwards, L., Torcellini, P.

Professional Perspectives On Family- Centered Care

Author(s): Center, C.C.M.

Evening light exposure: Implications for sleep and depression

Author(s): Wallace-Guy, G., Kripke, D., Jean-Louis, G., Langer, R., Elliott, J., Tuunainen, A.

An open trial of morning light therapy for treatment of antepartum depression

Author(s): Oren, D.A., Wisner, K.L., Spinelli, M., Epperson, N.

The subjective response to linear fluorescent direct/indirect lighting systems

Author(s): Houser, K.W., Tiller, D.K., Bernecker, C.A., Mistrick, R.G.

Preterm infants born at less than 31 weeks' gestation have improved growth in cycled light compared with continuous near darkness

Author(s): Brandon, D.H., Holditch-Davis, D., Belyea, M.

Circadian adaptation to night-shift work by judicious light and darkness exposure

Author(s): Boivin, D., James, F.