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Night and shift work and incidence of cerebrovascular disease 
Scandinavian researchers aimed to investigate the effects of various aspects of night and shift work regarding incident cerebrovascular disease (CeVD).

The cohort included of 26,667 women and 3793 men (nurses and nursing assistants) employed for at least one year 2008–2016 in Region Stockholm, Sweden. They obtained information about the cohort and working hours from a computerized employee-register and retrieved diagnoses from national and regional registers. The researchers assessed the risk of CeVD (2009–2017), in relation to work hour characteristics, adjusting for sex, age, country of birth, education and profession.

The results showed that the risk of CeVD among nurses and nursing assistants is associated with night shift work. The number of years with night shift work, the frequency of night shifts per year, the frequency of consecutive night shifts, and short recovery after night shifts influenced the risk. They suggested that work schedules aiming at minimizing these aspects of night shift work may reduce the risk. 
Read more: Bigert C, et al, Night and shift work and incidence of cerebrovascular disease – a prospective cohort study of healthcare employees in Stockholm, [Abstract or Full textScand J Work Environ Health 2022;48(1):31-40

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