What are the health effects of night and alternating shift work?

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Evidence-Based AnswerThe answer is unclear. Individuals doing shift work have an increased risk of myocardial infarction, coronary events, and ischemic stroke, although a causal link has not been proven (SOR: B, meta-analysis of cohort and case-control trials). There also appears to be an association with the development of the metabolic syndrome in men and breast cancer in women (SOR: B, prospective cohort and single case-control studies).

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