A recent study confirms that narcolepsy is an autoimmune disorder. Dr. Elizabeth Mellins and Dr. Emmanuel Mignot of Stanford University’s Center for Narcolepsy have discovered a specific group of “CD4+ T Cells” that target hypocretin and are only found in people with narcolepsy. The results also validate the link between narcolepsy and H1N1 flu virus and vaccine. Read Scientific American article for more details.
We have suspected narcolepsy’s autoimmune origin for a while – but it’s great to take one BIG step closer to understanding the neurological degeneration underlying narcolepsy’s insidious onset. Narcolepsy affects 1 in every 2,000 people worldwide but it is extremely underdiagnosed and misunderstood.
Not only is this an exciting advancement for narcolepsy, but it’s also an exciting advancement for all of science – as narcolepsy is the first neurological autoimmune disorder to be identified. This will likely help lead to advancements in many disease areas.
Thank you to the scientists for helping to build a brighter future for all those with narcolepsy!