Narcolepsy

Common Name(s)

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes episodes of extreme daytime sleepiness. Three other major symptoms frequently characterize narcolepsy: cataplexy, or the sudden loss of voluntary muscle tone; vivid hallucinations during sleep onset or upon awakening; and brief episodes of sleep paralysis. The disorder is estimated to affect about one in every 2,000 Americans. Most cases of narcolepsy are sporadic, which means that the condition occurs in one person in a family and is not inherited. However, up to 10 percent of individuals with narcolepsy have a close relative with the same symptoms. Other factors may be involved in causing narcolepsy, such as infection, immune-system dysfunction, trauma, hormonal changes, stress.
 

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Narcolepsy" for support, advocacy or research.

Caring Voice Coalition,Inc,

Caring Voice Coalition empowers patients who live with a life threatening chronic disease through comprehensive outreach programs and services aimed at financial, emotional and educational support. With a steadfast dedication to the organization’s set of core values, our knowledgeable, caring staff maintains our solid reputation as a dependable, responsive organization with a unique, holistic approach to improving the lives of our patients.

Last Updated: 29 Apr 2014

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Narcolepsy Network, Inc.

Narcolepsy Network, Inc.'s mission is to: educate the public about narcolepsy and other related sleep disorders, support individuals with narcolepsy, their families and friends, promote the efficient diagnosis of narcolepsy, and encourage and promote research for narcolepsy.

Last Updated: 26 Mar 2013

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Wake Up Narcolepsy, Inc.

Wake Up Narcolepsy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting narcolepsy awareness and research to find a cure. WUN carries out its mission by: Providing funding to accelerate a cure for narcolepsy; increasing awareness of narcolepsy; decreasing time-lapse from symptom onset to proper diagnosis; and providing supportive resources for people with narcolepsy and their families.

Last Updated: 29 Apr 2014

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Narcolepsy" for support, advocacy or research.

Caring Voice Coalition,Inc,

Caring Voice Coalition empowers patients who live with a life threatening chronic disease through comprehensive outreach programs and services aimed at financial, emotional and educational support. With a steadfast dedication to the organization’s set of core values, our knowledgeable, caring staff maintains our solid reputation as a dependable, responsive organization with a unique, holistic approach to improving the lives of our patients.

http://www.caringvoice.org

Last Updated: 29 Apr 2014

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Narcolepsy Network, Inc.

Narcolepsy Network, Inc.'s mission is to: educate the public about narcolepsy and other related sleep disorders, support individuals with narcolepsy, their families and friends, promote the efficient diagnosis of narcolepsy, and encourage and promote research for narcolepsy.

http://www.narcolepsynetwork.org

Last Updated: 26 Mar 2013

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Wake Up Narcolepsy, Inc.

Wake Up Narcolepsy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting narcolepsy awareness and research to find a cure. WUN carries out its mission by: Providing funding to accelerate a cure for narcolepsy; increasing awareness of narcolepsy; decreasing time-lapse from symptom onset to proper diagnosis; and providing supportive resources for people with narcolepsy and their families.

http://www.wakeupnarcolepsy.org/

Last Updated: 29 Apr 2014

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Narcolepsy" returned 253 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Narcolepsy--genes, infections and vaccines: the clues for a new autoimmune disease.
 

Author(s): Maria-Teresa Arango, Shaye Kivity, Joab Chapman, Yehuda Shoenfeld

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. 2014 Oct;16(10):636-7.

 

Last Updated: 2 Dec 2014

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miRNA profiles in plasma from patients with sleep disorders reveal dysregulation of miRNAs in narcolepsy and other central hypersomnias.
 

Author(s): Anja Holm, Claus Heiner Bang-Berthelsen, Stine Knudsen, Birgitte R Kornum, Signe Modvig, Poul Jennum, Steen Gammeltoft

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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been implicated in the pathogenesis of human diseases including neurological disorders. The aim is to address the involvement of miRNAs in the pathophysiology of central hypersomnias including autoimmune narcolepsy with cataplexy and hypocretin deficiency (type ...

Last Updated: 13 Sep 2014

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Narcolepsy patients have antibodies that stain distinct cell populations in rat brain and influence sleep patterns.
 

Author(s): Peter Bergman, Csaba Adori, Szilvia Vas, Ylva Kai-Larsen, Tomi Sarkanen, Andreas Cederlund, Birgitta Agerberth, Ilkka Julkunen, Beata Horvath, Diana Kostyalik, Lajos Kalmár, Gyorgy Bagdy, Anne Huutoniemi, Markku Partinen, Tomas Hökfelt

Journal: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.. 2014 Sep;111(35):E3735-44.

 

Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder, likely with an autoimmune component. During 2009 and 2010, a link between A(H1N1)pdm09 Pandemrix vaccination and onset of narcolepsy was suggested in Scandinavia. In this study, we searched for autoantibodies related to narcolepsy using a neuroanatomical ...

Last Updated: 8 Sep 2014

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The terms "Narcolepsy" returned 34 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

History of narcolepsy at Stanford University.
 

Author(s): Emmanuel J M Mignot

Journal: Immunol. Res.. 2014 May;58(2-3):315-39.

 

Although narcolepsy was first described in the late nineteenth century in Germany and France, much of the research on this disorder has been conducted at Stanford University, starting with Drs. William C. Dement and Christian Guilleminault in the 1970s. The prevalence of narcolepsy ...

Last Updated: 21 May 2014

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Narcolepsy, 2009 A(H1N1) pandemic influenza, and pandemic influenza vaccinations: what is known and unknown about the neurological disorder, the role for autoimmunity, and vaccine adjuvants.
 

Author(s): S Sohail Ahmed, Peter H Schur, Noni E MacDonald, Lawrence Steinman

Journal: J. Autoimmun.. 2014 May;50():1-11.

 

The vaccine safety surveillance system effectively detected a very rare adverse event, narcolepsy, in subjects receiving AS03-adjuvanted A(H1N1) pandemic vaccine made using the European inactivation/purification protocol. The reports of increased cases of narcolepsy in non-vaccinated ...

Last Updated: 21 Apr 2014

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Disrupted nighttime sleep in narcolepsy.
 

Author(s): Thomas Roth, Yves Dauvilliers, Emmanuel Mignot, Jacques Montplaisir, Josh Paul, Todd Swick, Phyllis Zee

Journal: J Clin Sleep Med. 2013 Sep;9(9):955-65.

 

Characterize disrupted nighttime sleep (DNS) in narcolepsy, an important symptom of narcolepsy.

Last Updated: 2 Sep 2013

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Risk of Narcolepsy Associated With Administration of H1N1 Vaccine
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Narcolepsy

 

Last Updated: 13 Jul 2011

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Narcolepsy - New Potential Treatment
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Narcolepsy

 

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2014

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