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December 1999 Issue

Melatonin Might Not Be a Jet-Lag Antidote

Q. Everyone suggests using melatonin to help combat jet lag. Does it work? A. That's still up for debate. In recent years, melatonin has indeed become popular as a remedy for the unpleasant symptoms of jet lag, like daytime sleepiness and trouble falling and staying asleep. But according to new research, the hormone may not be the panacea time-zone travelers believe it to be. In a Columbia University study, reported in the

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