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New research provides more evidence that narcolepsy is an autoimmune disorder

New research published in the journal “Pharmacological Research” shows that a particular autoimmune process triggers the loss of orexin neurons in people with narcolepsy. Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel and Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Psychiatry in Japan injected mice with a specific antibody. In the months following the injections, the mice began having sleep attacks and irregular sleep cycles. The researchers, led by Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld in Tel Aviv, and Dr. Dr. Makoto Honda in Tokoyo, say that this finding is further proof that narcolepsy is caused by an autoimmune reaction in the body, and that narcolepsy should be treated as an autoimmune disease.

The researchers will now continue their research by looking for the area in the brain where the antibodies attack the orexin-producing brain cells.

Read more about this study on Tel Aviv University’s website.

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Date Created: April 6th, 2015
Last Updated: April 6th, 2015