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AAN 2023 | The circadian rhythm in health and disease

Michelle Jonelis, MD, Redwood Pulmonary Medical Associates, Redwood City, CA, discusses the importance of the circadian rhythm in health and disease. The circadian rhythm is the body’s natural rhythm that repeats every 24 hours. Modern lifestyle factors, such as too much time indoors, unnatural light in the evenings, and incorrect meal times, negatively affect our circadian rhythms, leading to issues such as obesity, blood sugar problems, and sleep disorders. Many neurological diseases also have circadian rhythms. Symptoms of epilepsy, cluster headaches, and strokes are often confined to a specific time of day. Neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease, also have circadian abnormalities. This interview took place at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting 2023 in Boston, MA.

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