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Narcolepsy Press Releases

Genetic Study Confirms the Immune System’s Role in Narcolepsy
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health have identified a gene associated with narcolepsy, a disorder that causes disabling daytime sleepiness, sleep attacks, irresistible bouts of sleep that can strike at any time, and disturbed sleep at night. The gene has a known role in the immune system, which strongly suggests that autoimmunity, in which the immune system turns against the body's own tissues, plays an important role in the disorder.

Study in Dogs Shows that Histamine is Key to Wakefulness
Thursday, Sep 23, 2004
Scientists studying an animal model of narcolepsy have found that histamine-activated brain cells are key to wakefulness. The findings help to show why antihistamines, commonly used to treat colds and allergies, cause drowsiness and impair alertness.
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Scientists Pinpoint Possible Cause for Debilitating Sleep Disorder Narcolepsy
Tuesday, Aug 29, 2000
Scientists believe they may have identified the cause of the debilitating sleep disorder narcolepsy in humans. A new study shows a dramatic reduction — up to 95 percent — in the number of neurons containing a substance called hypocretins in the brains of people with narcolepsy compared to control brains. Hypocretin peptides are neurotransmitters that play an important role in regulating sleep and appetite. The researchers hypothesize that the pronounced loss of these neurons could be caused either by a neurodegenerative process or an autoimmune response.
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Stanford Researchers Nab Gene For Sleep Disorder
Thursday, Aug 5, 1999
After a decade-long search, a Stanford-led team has identified a gene that causes the sleep disorder narcolepsy -- a breakthrough that brings a cure for this disabling condition within reach, the scientists say.