22 Aug '11, 9pm

H1N1 flu infections trigger sleeping disorder, not vaccine: Study: LONDON - H1N1 flu infections could trigger a

LONDON - H1N1 flu infections could trigger a rare sleeping disorder, according to research that contradicts previous fears that a vaccine to protect against the virus was to blame. A study, published in the Annals of Neurology, claims that the rates of narcolepsy, a condition that causes sufferers to fall asleep without warning, peak five to seven months after the highest levels of H1N1 infections and colds. Narcolepsy is an autoimmune disease triggered when patients' immune systems kill the neurons that produce the protein hypocretin, which stimulate wakefulness and energy expenditure. The finding goes against recent concerns that a vaccine widely used in epidemics, Pandemrix, was to blame for children in Finland developing the sleeping disorder. Scientists at Stanford medicine school in California say their study suggests that restrictions on the vaccine, intended to pro...

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