Circadian Rhythm and Sleep
Circadian Rhythm and Sleep is an area of research that promises to draw a bright line between our internal clocks – set over thousands and thousands of years – and our new reality that is increasingly disrupting those clocks. The 24/7 lifestyle that many people have is coming at a high cost in terms of health and wellness. The body’s many temporal disruptions – a television in the bedroom or an iPad a person reads in bed at night – can have a lasting impact on your health. So, too, can working a third-shift. Our bodies long-ago internalized the solar day, and, as a result, they run on about a 24-hour clock. That clock, however, maintains and regulates virtually every process in the body, from metabolism to our immune system. If your internal clock is thrown off, so are these processes. Understanding the intricate details of our internal clocks will enable us to create effective countermeasures, thus helping improve human performance through repairing disrupted circadian rhythm and sleep and restoring the balance many people now do not have.
The Woven Endobridge device (WEB) is a groundbreaking advance in the development of technology for the treatment of ruptured and unruptured brain aneurysms. The WVU Stroke Center was among the first in the country to use this device in clinical trials, now available to the rest of the U.S. Ansaar Rai, MD, and SoHyun Boo, MD, explain how the WEB device is making the delicate treatment of aneurysms less risky.
Research drives patient care at any large academic medical center. As stroke treatment has dramatically evolved in the past decade, WVU Medicine’s neurointerventionists have emerged as national leaders in their relatively new field. Here, Ansaar Rai, MD, WVU Medicine Radiology vice chair of clinical operations, discusses the past and present of stroke treatment.