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I recently read research suggesting that children who sleep with the light on could be more at risk of developing leukaemia, which has really worried me.

THE Leukaemia Research Fund has questioned the link between melatonin and leukaemia, and the effect a night light has on melatonin production.

Ken Campbell, the fund's clinical research information officer, says: "There is no medical evidence published anywhere that associates melatonin with childhood leukaemia.

"There is no evidence to show that switching the light on switches off melatonin production for the entire night either, so telling parents not to switch the light on at night is complete nonsense."

He adds: "Our message to parents is don't start panicking, childhood leukaemia is still a very rare disease."
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Title Annotation:Family Life
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 4, 2004
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