From nearly 2,900 studies published by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences researchers and grantees during 2018, the institute’s leaders selected 25 for special recognition as Papers of the Year.

Metabolism disrupted by night-shift sleep patterns

According to an NIEHS-funded study, being awake at night and asleep during the day — for example, night-shift workers — may be linked to disruptions in certain metabolites and pathways without affecting the brain’s master clock. The research may help explain why night-shift sleep patterns have been linked to such metabolic disorders as obesity and diabetes.