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Light Therapy Pittsburgh PA

Light therapy helps with the treatment of skin disorders, sleep disorders, psychiatric disorders, seasonal affective disorders, wound healing, Parkinson's disease and more. See below for local businesses in Pittsburgh that give access to light therapy as well as advice and content on ultraviolet light and photodynamic therapy.

Sleep Disorder Center Allegheny General Hospital
(412) 359-3623
320 E. North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
Ages Seen
12 years and up

Lifeline Sleep Disorders Center
(412) 251-6545 x2
2030 Ardmore Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA
Ages Seen
above 6 years

Lifeline Sleep Disorder Center - Warrendale Lab
(412) 351-6545 x2
125 Warrendale - Bayne Road
Warrendale, PA
Ages Seen
>6

Maria Josephine Sunseri, MD
(412) 392-1923
Mellon Pavilion Suite M'02
Pittsburgh, PA
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1987

Data Provided By:
Ronald Ernest Dahl, MD
(412) 624-7740
1290 Fassinger Ln
Pittsburgh, PA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1984

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Lifeline Sleep Disorder Center - Brentwood Lab
(412) 351-6545 x2
129 Towne Square Way
Brentwood, PA
Ages Seen
>6

University of Pittsburgh Sleep Medicine Center
(412) 692-2880
3459 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
Ages Seen
18 and over
Insurance
Medicare: No
Medicaid: No

Daniel Joseph Buysse, MD
(412) 246-6413
Room E-1127 3811 Ohara St
Pittsburgh, PA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Western Psych Inst & Clinic, Pittsburgh, Pa
Group Practice: Upmc

Data Provided By:
Maria Josephine Sunseri, MD
(412) 392-1923
Pittsburgh, PA
Specialties
Sleep Medicine, Neurology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa; United Community Hospital, Grove City, Pa

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Todd Howard Wolynn, MD
(412) 466-5004
850 Clairton Blvd Ste 1200
Pittsburgh, PA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1992
Hospital
Hospital: Childrens Hosp Of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa; Mercy Hospital Of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa
Group Practice: Pediatric Alliance Pc Beechwood; Pediatric Alliance Pc Southwestern Division

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Circadian Rhythm

From the Latin circa (about) dies (a day), the circadian rhythm is the twenty-four-hour cycle of light/dark, wakefulness/sleep to which most human physiologic processes are set. At regular intervals each day, the body tends to become hungry, tired, active, listless, energized. Body temperature, heart-beat, blood pressure, hormone levels, and urine flow rise and fall in this relatively predictable, rhythmic pattern - a pattern initiated and governed by exposure to sunlight and darkness.

Experiments where humans were placed in isolation chambers, cut off from all potential environmental cues, have shown that, in the absence of natural daylight, rhythms are still maintained. But in the absence of the day light, the rhythms tend to deviate from 24 hours. For instance, the rhythms was found to expand to 24-30 hours, thus disrupting the biological processes over a long period of time.

The fact that animals and humans can continue to function according to daily and annual rhythms in the absence of external environmental stimuli means that animals and humans possess some kind of biological clock, which act as a backup mechanism in case it cannot get the proper stimuli from the natural events such as sunshine.

This behavior can be illustrated by our clocks. Let us say, our clock is running slow. Over a period of time, the clock may lag the actual time because of this defect. Usually, we will reset the clock when it gets far out of sync by other external stimuli like a radio or phone time. Now, if we do not have access to this external synchronizing signal, the clock can get far out of line with the reality. Our body clocks functions the same way. The biological clock can keep the time; but in the absence of correction from the day/light cycle provided by the sun, the biological clock tend go out of sync affecting our physical and mental health. A similar thing happens when we travel across time zones; we tend to experience what is known as "jet lag".

However, in the absence of natural light our body clocks may lose or gain a little time. This in turn could lead to the desynchronization of different rhythms. For example, in the absence of sufficient environmental light the sleep-wake and associated rest-activity rhythms may lengthen to a cycle of between 30 and 48 hours, while the temperature rhythm may remain at a period of, say, 25 hours. Such desynchronization of the body's intricate rhythms is suspected to trigger problems: hormonal imbalances, sleep disorders and mood disturbances.

Circannual Rhythm

Circannual rhythm is the annual or yearly cycle used by all living things.

Circaseptan Rhythm

Circaseptan rhythm is a seven-day cycle in which the biological processes of life, including disease symptoms and development, resolve. Many physicians believe that transplant patients tend to have more rejection episodes seven, f...

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