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Melatonin the "light of night" in human biology and adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

Overview of attention for article published in Scoliosis, December 2007
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#4 of 223)
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Title
Melatonin the "light of night" in human biology and adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
Published in
Scoliosis, December 2007
DOI 10.1186/1748-7161-2-6
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Authors

Theodoros B Grivas, Olga D Savvidou

Abstract

Melatonin "the light of night" is secreted from the pineal gland principally at night. The hormone is involved in sleep regulation, as well as in a number of other cyclical bodily activities and circadian rhythm in humans. Melatonin is exclusively involved in signalling the 'time of day' and 'time of year' (hence considered to help both clock and calendar functions) to all tissues and is thus considered to be the body's chronological pacemaker or 'Zeitgeber'. The last decades melatonin has been used as a therapeutic chemical in a large spectrum of diseases, mainly in sleep disturbances and tumours and may play a role in the biologic regulation of mood, affective disorders, cardiovascular system, reproduction and aging. There are few papers regarding melatonin and its role in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Melatonin may play a role in the pathogenesis of scoliosis (neuroendocrine hypothesis) but at present, the data available cannot clearly support this hypothesis. Uncertainties and doubts still surround the role of melatonin in human physiology and pathophysiology and future research is needed.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 1%
Spain 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Unknown 175 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 29 16%
Researcher 17 9%
Student > Bachelor 17 9%
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 11 6%
Other 37 21%
Unknown 56 31%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 39 22%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 20 11%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 16 9%
Nursing and Health Professions 11 6%
Psychology 7 4%
Other 26 14%
Unknown 61 34%
Attention Score in Context

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 140. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 26 August 2023.
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#287,078
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#4
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#667
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Outputs of similar age from Scoliosis
#2
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