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Does your child have narcolepsy?
Teens are a notoriously sleepy bunch. Left to their own devices, many will happily snooze into the early hours of the afternoon. About 28 percent of teens also report falling asleep in school at least once a week, according to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation. This can make it difficult for parents to know when a teenager’s love affair with sleep might be the sign of narcolepsy or another sleep disorder. While narcolepsy is a rare condition, affecting only about .05 percent of the U.S. population, it often goes undiagnosed. It is a condition that typically develops between ages 10 and 20. “Patients with ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 10, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ellen Greenlaw Tags: Diseases & Conditions Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders Dr. Kiran Maski insomnia Narcolepsy Source Type: news

Driving safety and fitness to drive in sleep disorders - Tippin J, Dyken ME.
Driving an automobile while sleepy increases the risk of crash-related injury and death. Neurologists see patients with sleepiness due to obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and a wide variety of neurologic disorders. When addressing fitness to drive, the... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Hypersomnolence and  traffic safety - Gupta R, Pandi-Perumal SR, Almeneessier AS, Bahammam AS.
Many people die or become disabled because of motor vehicle accidents. Scientific data suggest that sleepy drivers or those driving at odd hours are more likely to make driving mistakes. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea and narcolepsy have been found ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

How Do I Keep My Prescription Stimulant Safe At College?
Discussion Going away to college presents new and exciting opportunities for young adults. It also is an important time for transitioning many adult responsibilities to the young adult too. Keeping safe is important and safety tips for college can be reviewed here. Any medication can be abused. Prescription stimulants are no different. Normally prescription stimulants are used for treatment of attention deficit disorder, narcolepsy and treatment resistant depression. They can help increase alertness, attention, and energy, cognition, learning and memory. However for these reasons and because they are easy to obtain and r...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - June 5, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

A fifth of university professors take 'smart drugs'
Cambridge academic Dr Hannah Critchlow claims teachers are using drugs intended for Alzheimer's disease, narcolepsy and ADHD, which may cause heart problems and psychosis. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Identification of the neuronal suppressor of cataplexy, sudden weakening of muscle tone
Narcolepsy is a disorder caused by losing orexin neurons, marked by excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy, sudden weakening of muscle tone. Previously, we found two kinds of neurons preventing narcolepsy by receiving information from orexin neurons. Here, we have discovered that serotonin neuron, one of the two neurons above, inhibits cataplexy by reducing the amygdala activity, which controls emotion. Current discovery should lead to comprehension of the narcolepsy mechanism and to therapy development for cataplexy. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 13, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Identification of the neuronal suppressor of cataplexy, sudden weakening of muscle tone
(Kanazawa University) Narcolepsy is a disorder caused by losing orexin neurons, marked by excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy, sudden weakening of muscle tone. Previously, we found two kinds of neurons preventing narcolepsy by receiving information from orexin neurons. Here, we have discovered that serotonin neuron, one of the two neurons above, inhibits cataplexy by reducing the amygdala activity, which controls emotion. Current discovery should lead to comprehension of the narcolepsy mechanism and to therapy development for cataplexy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The spectrum of REM sleep-related episodes in children with type 1 narcolepsy - Antelmi E, Pizza F, Vandi S, Neccia G, Ferri R, Bruni O, Filardi M, Cantalupo G, Liguori R, Plazzi G.
Type 1 narcolepsy is a central hypersomnia due to the loss of hypocretin-producing neurons and characterized by cataplexy, excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep paralysis, hypnagogic hallucinations and disturbed nocturnal sleep. In children, close to the dis... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

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 dehyd...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 2, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ellen Greenlaw Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders Dr. Eric Zhou Dr. Kiran Maski Narcolepsy Source Type: news

Jazz Pharmaceuticals reports positive data from TONES 2 trial of JZP-110 in narcolepsy
Irish biopharmaceutical firm Jazz Pharmaceuticals has reported positive efficacy results from the Phase III TONES 2 clinical trial of JZP-110 to treat adults with narcolepsy-associated excessive sleepiness. (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - April 27, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Runner: Having narcolepsy is harder than a marathon
For years, Julie Flygare kept her condition private. She hadn't liked people's reactions on the occasions when she had opened up and shared her story. People thought it was a joke or not important. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic / Narcolepsy Score / Massachusetts Primary Care Opportunities (FREE)
By the Editors Check out the latest from NEJM Group: NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Perspective: The FDA has proposed allowing public health considerations to … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - April 24, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Narcolepsy More Prevalent in Influenza-vaccinated Youth in Norway Narcolepsy More Prevalent in Influenza-vaccinated Youth in Norway
Norwegian registry data confirm reports of an association between vaccination during the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) pandemic and subsequent development of narcolepsy in young people, according to researchers.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - March 31, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Narcolepsy is my sleepy superpower
My talent is almost more like a superpower. I have the ability to fall asleep wherever and whenever. Now I know you’re probably thinking all teenagers have this power, but trust me, I’m a little different. At any time or place, I have the ability to take a nap. Intrigued by my power, experts and doctors conducted multiple tests and studies on me. When the results came back, it was clear I wasn’t normal. One doctor even admitted, “These are numbers I’ve never seen before.” Developing my superpower I first began developing my sleepy superpower in the fall of my junior year after transferri...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - March 22, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jake Shusterman Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Kiran Maski Narcolepsy Sleep Center Source Type: news

Artist Illustrates The Realities Of Mental Health, From A(nxiety) To Z
"I'm doing everything wrong." "Everyone's laughing at me." "I think I left the door open." Anxiety comes in different shapes and sizes. #atozofmentalhealth - - - - - #365daysofart #drawingaday #36daysoftype @36daysoftype #36days_A #36daysoftype04 #mentalhealth #art #typography #lettering #colors #anxiety #watercolor #igart #sketchbook #digitalart #illustration #selflove #care #mentalhealthawareness #endthestigma A post shared by Sonaksha Iyengar (@sonaksha) on Feb 21, 2017 at 8:22am PST A is for anxiety, which itself comes in many shapes and colors. B is for bipolar disorder, ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ministers lose fight to stop payouts over swine flu jab narcolepsy cases
Dozens of children who developed sleep disorder after getting vaccine could get compensation after high court rulingDozens of children who developed narcolepsy as a result of a swine flu vaccine could be compensated after the high court rejecteda government appeal to withhold payments.Six million people in Britain, and more across Europe, were given the Pandemrix vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline during the 2009-10 swine flu pandemic, but the jab was withdrawn after doctors noticed asharp rise in narcolepsy among those who received it.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 9, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Science Vaccines and immunisation Swine flu Health Society World news UK news Source Type: news

Mylan Agreed to Pay $96.5 Mln in Provigil Antitrust Class Action Mylan Agreed to Pay $96.5 Mln in Provigil Antitrust Class Action
Mylan NV has agreed to pay $96.5 million to settle claims by drug purchasers that it delayed launching a generic version of Cephalon Inc's narcolepsy drug Provigil (modafinil) in exchange for payment from Cephalon.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

The Future of Sleep
By Brandon R. Peters, MD When considering the means to optimize well-being and function, there must be a prominent place reserved for sleep. Along with diet and exercise, it is a pillar of health, deserving both a daily commitment and unwavering respect. Though often slighted, sleep medicine has been a growth industry for decades, and its future holds both promise and opportunity. Sleep may be one of the most important things that you do on a daily basis. It is the means by which our brains self-cleanse and remove metabolic waste products. Memory is consolidated. Problem solving occurs as new associations and connection...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What is in the Differential Diagnosis of Fatigue?
Discussion Fatigue is a subjective feeling of decreased energy, tiredness or feeling of exhaustion. Lethargy is often used synonymously, but lethargy is a state of being drowsiness or sleepy, and implies mental status changes. Both can cause the person to be apathetic or less active. Fatigue is a common state that almost everyone experiences multiple times in his or her lifetime. For most people it is a relatively acute or short-term chronic problem, often with a relatively easily identifiable problem cause, such as inadequate sleep, acute illness, or overexertion. For some, it can be less readily identifiable such as dep...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - January 23, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

FDA Approves Xyrem (sodium oxybate) Oral Solution Generic with a REMS Program
January 18, 2017 -- The FDA has approved the first generic version of Xyrem (sodium oxybate) Oral Solution, to treat cataplexy and excessive daytime sleepiness in patients with narcolepsy, which is a potentially debilitating disease. Cataplexy is a... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 18, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA approves generic version of Jazz Pharma's sleep disorder drug
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it had approved the first generic version of Xyrem, Jazz Pharmaceuticals Plc's drug to treat patients with narcolepsy, a kind of sleeping disorder. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Patients recovering from depression show improvements in memory from the drug modafinil
(University of Cambridge) Modafinil, a drug used to treat narcolepsy -- excessive daytime sleepiness -- can improve memory in patients recovering from depression, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. The findings, published today in the journal Biological Psychiatry: CNNI, result from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study and offer hope of a treatment for some of the cognitive symptoms of depression. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 16, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Scientists Identified 8 Genes That May Be Causing A Lot Of Sleep Problems
This reporting is brought to you by HuffPost’s health and science platform, The Scope. Like us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us your story: scopestories@huffingtonpost.com.  Sarah DiGiulio is The Huffington Post’s sleep reporter. You can contact her at sarah.digiulio@huffingtonpost.com.     function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=spon...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists Identified 8 Genes That May Be Causing A Lot Of Sleep Problems
This reporting is brought to you by HuffPost’s health and science platform, The Scope. Like us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us your story: scopestories@huffingtonpost.com.  Sarah DiGiulio is The Huffington Post’s sleep reporter. You can contact her at sarah.digiulio@huffingtonpost.com.     function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=spon...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 12, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Could a narcolepsy drug help combat food addiction?
Researchers found that a prescription drug used to treat narcolepsy reduced impulsivity in men, which is considered a driver of food addiction and obesity. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness Source Type: news

NHS England to press ahead with court appeal
NHS England will press ahead with a Court of Appeal case against a judge ’s ruling that it should commission a drug for a teenager with narcolepsy that it has since decided to routinely provide. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - December 21, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Flamel Technologies dose first patient in Phase III narcolepsy trial
Flamel Technologies (NSDQ:FLML) said today that the 1st patient in its Rest-On phase III clinical trial was dosed with FT218, sodium oxybate, for the treatment of excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy in narcolepsy patients.The Lyon, France-based company developed the controlled-release oral formulation of sodium oxybate using its Micropump technology. The randomized, double-blind trial has enrolled 264 patients to assess the safety and efficacy of a once nightly dosage of the oral suspension of sodium oxybate. The study will be conducted at 50-60 sites throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada, according to Flamel. Get ...
Source: Mass Device - December 16, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Clinical Trials Drug-Device Combinations Pharmaceuticals Wall Street Beat Flamel Technologies Source Type: news

Warwick University experts say sleep disorder drug also reduces hunger cravings
Researchers from Warwick University and Imperial College London found giving overweight adults Modafinil, generally used to treat narcolepsy, helps to reduce impulsive behaviour. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug for narcolepsy could help food addicts lose weight
Overweight people could be given help with the discovery that a drug used for sleep disorder could also reduce the impulse for food, report scientists. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 13, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Drug for narcolepsy could help food addicts lose weight
(University of Warwick) Overweight people could be given help with the discovery that a drug used for sleep disorder could also reduce the impulse for food. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Kendall Jenner’s Sleep Paralysis Is Actually Pretty Common
On Sunday, Kendall Jenner opened up about struggling with a sleep problem that is thought to affect nearly eight percent of the general population: sleep paralysis. “I wake up in the middle of the night and I can’t move,” Jenner said in the latest episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. “I’m freaking out.” Indeed, sleep paralysis is a phenomenon where you are awake and conscious, but your body is paralyzed (except for your eyes) and between 80 and 90 percent of the time you experience nightmares or disturbing hallucinations.  “They [can be] scary experiences,” B...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kendall Jenner’s Sleep Paralysis Is Actually Pretty Common
On Sunday, Kendall Jenner opened up about struggling with a sleep problem that is thought to affect nearly eight percent of the general population: sleep paralysis. “I wake up in the middle of the night and I can’t move,” Jenner said in the latest episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. “I’m freaking out.” Indeed, sleep paralysis is a phenomenon where you are awake and conscious, but your body is paralyzed (except for your eyes) and between 80 and 90 percent of the time you experience nightmares or disturbing hallucinations.  “They [can be] scary experiences,” B...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 8, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Theranexus begins enrolment for Phase II trial of THN102 to treat narcolepsy-caused sleepiness
Theranexus has enrolled the first patient for its Phase II clinical study of THN102 to treat excessive daytime sleepiness associated with narcolepsy in adult patients. (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - October 31, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

[Editors' Choice] Autoimmunity in narcolepsy
Author: Lisa D. Chong (Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - October 6, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Lisa D. Chong Tags: Neuroimmunology Source Type: news

Narcolepsy with cataplexy in patients aged over 60 years: a case-control study - Kovalsk á P, Kemlink D, Nevsimalova S, Maurovich Horvath E, Jarolímová E, Topinková E, Sonka K.
OBJECTIVE: Narcolepsy with cataplexy (NC) is a chronic disabling disease; however, there are insufficient data on older NC subjects. METHODS: A cross-sectional evaluation on health and social status, including intensity and progression of NC sympto... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

If Your Dreams Were A Dance, This Is What They Would Look Like
If we’re lucky, we spend somewhere around a third of our lives asleep. “I just find it crazy,” dancer and choreographer Eliza Larson told The Huffington Post. “We have these complete other lives that we live while we’re sleeping and yet we can’t even remember them, or we remember them in different pieces.”  Thinking about sleep led the Portland, Oregon–based dancer to create “In Circadia” ― a five-section dance inspired by the stages of the sleep cycle. “I’m not a scientist or a sleep researcher,” Larson said. “But I w...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hillary Clinton taking rat poison as a prescription drug ... plus Parkinson's and narcolepsy medications
(NaturalNews) Questions about the health of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton continue to swirl, and it's not because of "deranged conspiracy theories," as the Clinton campaign has claimed.Recently released emails by the whistleblower website Wiki Leaks plainly show... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CME Outfitters Launching a New Live and On Demand Webcast Series on...
CME Outfitters to host a series of live webcasts on The Journey to Diagnosis and Optimal Treatment of Narcolepsy: Land of Missed Opportunities, beginning September 27th.(PRWeb August 19, 2016)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/08/prweb13626317.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - August 19, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Mylan Launches Generic Dexedrine(R) Capsules
HERTFORDSHIRE, England and PITTSBURGH, Aug. 1, 2016 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ, TASE: MYL) today announced the U.S. launch of Dextroamphetamine Sulfate Extended-release Capsules, 5 mg, 10 mg, and 15 mg, a generic versi... Biopharmaceuticals, Generics, Product Launch Mylan, Dextroamphetamine, Dexedrine, narcolepsy (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - August 1, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Doctors Are Prescribing A 'Date Rape Drug' For This Rare Disorder
At 20 years old, Trinity Hamilton thought she was living a charmed life. It was 1996, and after practicing with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago for less than a week, she had been invited to join the world-renowned company. Over the next few months, Hamilton toured the world with the Joffrey, performing in Italy, South Korea, Scotland, Portugal and England. She had been dancing since she was 4. “I went nuts, I went nuts,” she told the Chicago Tribune in 1996. “I had always assumed I would start off at the bottom of the totem pole... But I was in the right place at the right time.” Within a year, e...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 26, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Narcolepsy
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Source: eMedicineHealth.com - July 21, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

How Can People With Narcolepsy Drive Safely?
For many people, avoiding fatigued driving means staying off the roads after pulling an all-nighter. But imagine driving when you have narcolepsy, a brain disorder that causes people to suffer from chronic daytime drowsiness and fall asleep suddenly. With narcolepsy, the dangers of drowsy driving become a perennial threat. What can a person with narcolepsy do ― never drive? Well, no, but there are some important caveats. Joyce Scannell, an office manager at the Narcolepsy Network nonprofit who has had narcolepsy her whole life, says she never drives more than 20 minutes at a time. “Luckily I work f...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 12, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

This Disorder Feels Like 'Being Awake Inside A Corpse'
For some people, sleep can actually attack. As many as 200,000 people in the U.S. are thought to have are thought to have some form of narcolepsy, a chronic sleep disorder in which the brain's ability to regulate sleep-wake cycles doesn't work correctly. About 25 to 50 people out of 100,000 are thought to have narcolepsy with cataplexy, which means they have attacks that cause a sudden loss of muscle tone while awake. "I might look asleep when I collapse, but I'm fully conscious," says Julie Flygare, a 29-year-old with the condition, in the CBS LA video above. "It feels like being awake inside...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 5, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

This Disorder Feels Like 'Being Awake Inside A Corpse'
For some people, sleep can actually attack. As many as 200,000 people in the U.S. are thought to have are thought to have some form of narcolepsy, a chronic sleep disorder in which the brain's ability to regulate sleep-wake cycles doesn't work correctly. About 25 to 50 people out of 100,000 are thought to have narcolepsy with cataplexy, which means they have attacks that cause a sudden loss of muscle tone while awake. "I might look asleep when I collapse, but I'm fully conscious," says Julie Flygare, a 29-year-old with the condition, in the CBS LA video above. "It feels like being awake inside...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What If It Is Not Your Sleep? Exploring Other Causes Of Daytime Fatigue
By Brandon R. Peters, MD When sleep is not refreshing, the feelings of tiredness and fatigue can undermine your daytime function. Beyond common sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia, what are some of the reasons for feeling tired? Explore some of these potential causes, ranging from medications to diet and exercise, and try to discover what you can do to feel better. Understanding the Role of Sleep Disorders First, it is important to recognize that there is a difference between sleepiness and fatigue. Sleepiness is the strong desire for sleep that often immediately precedes falling asleep. It is some...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physicians confront the rise of “smart drugs”
Responding to the safety concerns generated by a growing use of nootropics, physicians at the 2016 AMA Annual Meeting adopted new policy discouraging the nonmedical use of these prescription drugs for cognitive enhancement in healthy individuals. Nootropics—the so-called “smart drugs”—include a variety of prescription drugs, supplements and other substances that claim to improve cognitive functions of healthy individuals, particularly executive function, memory, learning or intelligence. Prescription drugs that are FDA-approved to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or narcolepsy are ...
Source: AMA Wire - June 14, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Dear People With Narcolepsy, You Are Awesome!
If I elbow you in the face or spill lemon juice on your paper cut or say something obnoxious that hurts your feelings, I should definitely apologize, and I'm perfectly willing to. HOWEVER: I will never apologize for the fact that I have narcolepsy and I refuse to let it beat me. I'm just going to get this out there: Narcolepsy is hard, and over the past few years it has put me through more than I could have ever imagined. But I am better because of it. I am tougher because of it. I appreciate things more because of it. I am more compassionate and able to understand other people because of it. I've always been reluctan...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Narcolepsy sufferer primary teacher: I pass out when I hear a joke
FALLING asleep at inappropriate moments is no laughing matter, as narcolepsy sufferer Genevieve Skinner.a (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sleep and Mental Health Disorders
Sleep is essential to the maintenance of mental health. Sleep helps to regulate mood and process emotional information and experiences into memory. Insufficient sleep is associated with increased emotional reactivity and emotional disturbance. Research indicates that REM sleep may play an especially significant role in maintaining emotional well-being and psychological balance. Sleep problems occur substantially more frequently in people with psychiatric conditions than in the general population. Often, sleep and mental health disorders exist in bi-directional relationship to each other, with each condition influencing the...
Source: Psych Central - April 20, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Michael Breus Tags: Anxiety Attention Deficit Disorder Bipolar Depression Disorders General Panic Disorder Psychology PTSD Schizophrenia Sleep Adhd Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Bipolar Disorder Emotional Disturbance emotional reactiv Source Type: news

Why We Study Sleep
This post is adapted from a speech delivered at a Fireside Chat between Arianna Huffington and Andre Iguodala on April 11, 2016 at Stanford University. You can watch the event here. Before introducing our famous guests, as director of the Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, I have been asked to introduce the topic of sleep and sleep disorders and why we should bother to study sleep. This is not difficult for me as sleep is my passion. The first reason for studying sleep is simply that sleep is one of the last remaining mysteries in biology. We still don't understand why a typical human has to spend 25 years of life sle...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 14, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news