Navigation Links
Mystery of nacrolepsy uncovered

Scientists have made a major breakthrough in the understanding of one of the most mysterious of medical conditions - narcolepsy. Narcolepsy suffers fall asleep anywhere, at any time of day without warning. At other times sufferers remain conscious, but their entire body goes limp and they are unable to move.//

Now researchers have identified a segment of DNA they believe is responsible for narcolepsy in a breakthrough being hailed as the first significant step forward in understanding the condition.The genes that have been discovered affect the regulation of the basic process of sleep.Juliette Faraco, who worked on one of the two studies published in the journal Cell, said the research, although carried out on animals, would lead to the development of new drugs for human sufferers.

Dr Faraco's team at Stanford University, California, have pinpointed defects that cause Doberman pinschers and Labrador retrievers suddenly to fall asleep. The defects both appeared in the same stretch of DNA. Among the Dobermans, the defect is an extra piece of DNA that throws the rest of the gene out of alignment. Among the retrievers, a chunk of the DNA is missing. In both instances, the body's cells can no longer use the DNA to build the protein that is supposed to sense the presence of a hormone, hypocretin2.

Hypocretins play a role in controlling appetite. However, the relationship between sleep and appetite remains a mystery. In the second study, researchers from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Dallas created mice that were incapable of making hypocretin. They discovered that the animals could not stay awake. It also seems likely that environmental factors may play a role in the condition. One identical twin may suffer from the condition, while the other may not.


'"/>




Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Mystery behind Preeclampsia uncovered
2. Understanding The Mystery Behind Sleepless Nights
3. Cholesterol Mystery Solved By Nobel Laureates
4. A Step Towards Unraveling The Schizophrenia And Depression Mystery
5. Mystery Surrounding Use Of Abortion Pill Yet To Be Resolved
6. $2.4 Million Grant To Unravel The Mystery Of Language Recognition.
7. Mystery behind Brain activity during recalling events disentangled
8. Mystery over bird flu infection to Ms. Zhou – China’s 7th bird flu victm
9. Mystery Of The Placebo Effect, Yet To Be Solved
10. Dry Earwax Mystery Solved: Ear Wax Gene Identified
11. Mystery Behind The Déjà Vu Phenomenon Yet To Be Resolvd
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/7/2016)... ... 07, 2016 , ... 1105 Media’s Live From program has ... Awards competition. Live From won in the Use of Social Media category. The ... projects undertaken by the media industry’s most innovative marketing professionals. , ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... Norwalk, CT (PRWEB) , ... December 07, 2016 ... ... the Integrated Infertility and Wellness (IFW) Program at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut ... which now has a team of three acupuncturists to help patients realize their ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... 3, 2016) , ... (PRWEB) December 07, 2016 ... ... patient advocacy nonprofit for individuals impacted by cerebral cavernous angiomas, was awarded a ... Mexico with a patient engagement program. New Mexico has more people with cavernous ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... December 06, 2016 , ... People ... can be seen on a type of MRI, according to a study appearing ... of the central nervous system characterized by tremors or trembling and stiffness in ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... PITTSBURGH, PA (PRWEB) , ... December 06, 2016 , ... ... supportive way to utilize a sling, so she invented the patent-pending SLING-VEST. , The ... doing so, it offers an improved alternative to traditional slings. As a result, it ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/6/2016)... 6, 2016 The pen needles market is ... USD 1.65 billion in 2016, growing at a CAGR ... 2021. Over the years, the pen needles market ... to the growing demand for safety injections in the ... of safety pen needles with an aim to reduce ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... Dec. 6, 2016 Eurofins Genomics today ... the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and certification ... its new laboratory in Louisville, KY ... North American headquarters. "Our new CLIA-licensed ... which is still considered the ,Gold Standard, method ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... 2016 Two new disaster drones delivered telemedical ... mass casualty event Tuesday at John Bell Airport in ... before an audience including Mississippi ... Security, Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, and the United Nations. ... (Health Integrated Rescue Operations), was developed by Italo ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: