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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. His 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