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Narcolepsy

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Transcript of Narcolepsy

Do other Living Creatures have Narcolepsy?
Dogs can have Narcolepsy as well as horses
How many people have it?
United States: 1 in 2,000
Varies around the world
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms include....
Excessive daytime sleepiness
Cataplexy
Hallucinations
Sleep paralysis
Automatic behavior



What is the Cause of Narcolepsy?
The exact cause of Narcolepsy is unknown
It is genetic
The Hypothalamus is involved
Who is more likely to get/have it?
Anyone can get it
Is There A Cure?

What is Narcolepsy?
Narcolepsy is a disease that causes you to have excessive day time sleepiness.
Usually excitement triggers the sleep attack.
What's the biology? What's happening inside of the person with it? What does it affect?
Affects CNS
Hypocretin (Orexin)
There is no cure for Narcolepsy.
Medications can make the symptoms more tolerable.
Hypocretin: normal brain Cells (A and B)



A C


B D


C F
Hypocretin: Narcoleptic Brain
(C and D)


Narcolepsy
Sophia and Abigail

Links
www.medicine.net
www.nhlbi.nhi.gov
umm.edu
www.helpguide.org
www.sciencemag.org
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