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Canadian TV program explores rise in childhood narcolepsy cases

The CTV program W5 aired a report exploring the reasons behind a recent increase in the number of cases of childhood narcolepsy reported in Canada. The November 2 broadcast interviewed children and parents of children who developed narcolepsy following an H1N1 vaccine or a flu-like illness.

The program also interview Stanford University’s Dr. Emmanuel Mignot, who is also the chairperson of Narcolepsy Network’s medical advisory board.┬áHis theory is that in some cases, the H1N1 virus itself triggered the immune system to destroy hypocretin cells in the brain that run the sleep-wake cycle, research he published in the Annals of Neurology in 2011.

Read more about the TV show or watch the broadcast.

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Date Created: November 3rd, 2013
Last Updated: November 3rd, 2013