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Spinal Fluid Substance May Help Drive Sleep Disorder: Study
Date:11/21/2012

needs to shift from pushing the accelerator harder to releasing the brake."

The study was published online Nov. 21 in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Merrill Mitler, a program director at the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, commended the study.

"Primary hypersomnias are disabling and poorly understood. This study represents a breakthrough in determining a cause for these disorders and devising a rational approach to therapy," Mitler said in the news release. "Further research is required to determine whether or not the results apply to the majority of patients."

Although the study found an association between this particular spinal-fluid substance and hypersomnia, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

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The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about hypersomnia.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Emory University, news release, Nov. 21, 2012


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