Latest narcolepsy Stories

2008-08-11 12:01:13

SEATTLE, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Northwest Hospital & Medical Center today announced the opening of the Northwest Hospital Sleep Center, a newly constructed sleep laboratory on its main campus. Under the direction and supervision of medical director Ralph Pascualy, M.D., the Northwest Hospital Sleep Center offers the most progressive diagnostic equipment and treatment available, delivered by nationally recognized sleep medicine specialists. The new, state-of-the-art facility...

2008-08-01 06:00:29

By Paul Whitelaw My Strange Brain, Five Harley Street, STV AS SHOWN in the new medical science/gawp-at-the-afflicted series, My Strange Brain, Mohammed Dowd suffers from chronic narcolepsy. His attacks are so dangerously frequent that he has to wander around his house wearing a protective head-guard. He also suffers from something called cataplexy which causes him to completely lose control of his muscles after experiencing any kind of heightened emotional response. In need of...

2008-06-09 12:15:00

Insomnia complaints among college students are significantly associated with a decline in school performance based on self-reported grade-point average (GPA), according to a research abstract that will be presented on Monday at SLEEP 2008, the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS).The study, authored by James F. Pagel, MD, of the University of Colorado, focused on 64 psychology, nursing and medical students, with an average age of 27.4 years. GPA (2.0 to...

2008-06-03 03:00:00

By Rasmussen, Nicolas Using historical research that draws on new primary sources, I review the causes and course of the first, mainly iatrogenic amphetamine epidemic in the United States from the 1940s through the 1960s. Retrospective epidemiology indicates that the absolute prevalence of both nonmedical stimulant use and stimulant dependence or abuse have reached nearly the same levels today as at the epidemic's peak around 1969. Further parallels between epidemics past and present,...

2005-08-03 18:10:00

BOSTON -- A drug that treats the uncontrollable sleepiness of narcolepsy can also help the 300,000 to 600,000 Americans who face chronic fatigue and sleep problems from working overnight shifts, according to a study released on Wednesday. Cephalon Inc.'s modafinil, sold under the brand Provigil, produced fewer lapses in attention and 25 percent fewer reports of accidents or near-accidents on the commute home, according to the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Cephalon...

2005-06-06 00:35:00

PROVIDENCE, R.I. "” Adolescents who are lethargic, cranky and forgetful may have a common ailment: chronic sleep deprivation. But some tired teens may actually have a medical condition such as depression, insomnia, narcolepsy or sleep apnea, warns a new report in Pediatrics. "For reasons that have to do with both biology and behavior, many young adults don't get the sleep they need. So our take-home message is that teens need more sleep," said lead author Richard Millman, M.D.,...

2004-12-23 08:56:08

Review finds supplement helps only some who have trouble falling asleep HealthDayNews -- A U.S. government review of more than 50 studies on the effect of melatonin on sleep has found little evidence that the supplement helps people drift off. While melatonin does aid sleep in a certain group of people whose biological clocks are out of kilter, researchers found it doesn't promote sleep among the most common users of the supplement -- those suffering from jet lag or weary shift workers. "A...

2004-11-29 15:00:12

ORPHAN MEDICAL, INC. (Nasdaq:ORPH) announced that the total number of Xyrem(R) (sodium oxybate) oral solution prescriptions filled in the six-week period ended November 15, 2004 was 4,374. The Company reaffirmed its 2004 guidance of $23 to $24 million in total revenue including $10.5 to $11.0 million in revenue from Xyrem, the first and only approved treatment for cataplexy associated with narcolepsy. The Company also announced that its supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) filing to...

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