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Melatonin study

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"There is no evidence that melatonin is effective in treating secondary sleep disorders or sleep disorders accompanying sleep restrictions, such as jet lag and shift work disorder," a meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal Feb. 18 finds. Nina Buscemi, University of Alberta, et al., analyzed 34 studies dated from 1999 to 2003 to rate the efficacy and safety of melatonin. Six trials with 97 participants showed no evidence that melatonin affects sleep onset latency in people with secondary sleep disorders. Nine trials with 427 patients showed no evidence that melatonin had an effect on sleep onset latency in people who had sleep disorders accompanying sleep restriction, and 17 trials with 651 participants showed no evidence of adverse effects in short term use of three months or less, Buscemi et al. report...

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