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Sleepy teen finds relief in narcolepsy diagnosis

For as long as Maeve Sheehy can remember, she’s had short spells of feeling like she was about to fall over. “It wasn’t like feeling faint, it was more like my knees would buckle underneath me,” says Maeve, now 16. “I would instinctually try to keep from falling by bracing myself.” Sometimes the bracing didn’t work and Maeve would topple over. If she was with friends, she’d pretend she had tripped, to cover it up. But she secretly worried something was wrong with her. When she tried to explain the falling feeling to her parents and doctors, she was told she was probably dehydrated. More mysterious symptoms As she entered middle school, Maeve started to have other symptoms. She felt exhausted all the time, despite regular naps. Sometimes, she was so tired in class that she couldn’t even hold her pen to take notes. “Her eyes also seemed droopy and she had slow speech,” says Maeve’s mom Kim. “We took her to the pediatrician and she was tested for thyroid problems, allergies and Lyme disease, but all the tests all came back negative.” Maeve shares her story in a TED Talk. Convinced something was not right, Maeve did what any computer-savvy teen might — she Googled her symptoms. The results surprised her. “I learned that the falling over feeling was a symptom of cataplexy, a loss of muscle control that’s associated with narcolepsy,” says Maeve. “I just didn&...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders Dr. Eric Zhou Dr. Kiran Maski Narcolepsy Source Type: news

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Source: The American Journal of Medicine - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: AJM online Source Type: research
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Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news
Despite years of public health campaigns, many American parents are still putting their babies to sleep in an unsafe position, a new study finds.
Source: Health News - UPI.com - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Pathology Source Type: news
AbstractSkin barrier structure and function is essential to human health. Hitherto unrecognized functions of epidermal keratinocytes show that the skin plays an important role in adapting whole-body physiology to changing environments, including the capacity to produce a wide variety of hormones, neurotransmitters and cytokine that can potentially influence whole-body states, and quite possibly, even emotions. Skin microbiota play an integral role in the maturation and homeostatic regulation of keratinocytes and host immune networks with systemic implications. As our primary interface with the external environment, the bio...
Source: World Allergy Organization Journal - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewSleep disturbances are core features of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This review aims to characterize sleep disturbances, summarize the knowledge regarding the relationships between trauma exposure and sleep difficulties, and highlight empirically supported and/or utilized treatments for trauma-related nightmares and insomnia.Recent FindingsTrauma-related nightmares and insomnia, and other sleep disorders, are frequently reported among trauma survivors. The roles of fear of sleep, REM density, and decreased parasympathetic activity are beginning to inform the relationship between trauma ex...
Source: Current Psychiatry Reports - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe study reveals that patients with severe OSAS can have periods of BP superposition during night with extremely high SBP and very low oxygen saturation, which may add to a high risk for cardiovascular events during the night.
Source: Sleep and Breathing - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionPostnatally occurring hypoxic insults promote remodeling of the dopaminergic system resulting in increased intracellular sequestering of this monoamine. That sequestered dopamine can be released using the psychostimulant d-amphetamine, which did not promote a conditioned place preference any greater than was observed in non-hypoxic littermate controls.
Source: Sleep and Breathing - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
Rugby star Matt Dawson, 44, developed a rash and fever after being bitten by a tick while working out at a park in Chiswick, West London in July 2015. He was eventually diagnosed with Lyme Disease.
Source: the Mail online | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Children with peanut allergies are aided by the inclusion of probiotics in their normal treatment regimen, new research suggests.
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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