Daytime wounds heal more quickly, scientists find

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED November 9, 2017 03:38 pm
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(Inside Manila) The human body truly is full of wonder as scientists recently discovered burns that happened during the night time takes an average of 60% longer to heal than burns occurred during the day.

In a study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, scientists found out that the internal body regulates wound healing through skin cells and heals more effectively during the day.

More specifically, nighttime burns sustained between 8:00pm to 8:00am took 28 days to heal and are only healed about 95% while it's only 17 days to burns that happened between 8:00am and 8:00pm.

This body regulator are called circadian rhythms, it regulates almost every cell in the body and responsible for its many processes such as sleeping, hormone secretion and metabolism.

According to scientists the reason behind an accelerated daytime wound healing is because skin cells move much faster, collagen is also deposited around the wound site.

“This is the first time that the circadian clock within individual skin cells has been shown to determine how effectively they respond to injuries,” said John O'Neil one of the lead scientists at Britain’s Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

John Blaikley, clinician scientist from Britain’s University of Manchester, says this discovery may lead to advantages in wound-healing drugs. It could also help doctors improve wound healing by changing the time of surgery and the medicines that will be given. -with a report from Reuters



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