Kleine-Levin Syndrome

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Ask the Doctor: IH, CFS and Fibromyalgia – How Do They Differ?

Lynn Marie Trotti, MD, MSc, of Emory University, and the Chair of our MAB What’s the difference between chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and idiopathic hypersomnia (IH)? How do they differ from fibromyalgia? And how many people with IH also have CFS or fibromyalgia? A medical...

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Ask the Doctor: What Are the Emory Sleep Researchers Looking for in Spinal Fluid?

Why do Emory University’s sleep researchers perform spinal tap procedures on sleepy patients? What is the “sleepy juice” they’re looking for in the spinal fluid? Does it have anything to do with prostaglandins? An expert answers all these questions! We are delighted to have Dr....

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What Is GABA? How Does It Affect Hypersomnia? A New Video Series Explains!

Amanda Freeman, PhD What is GABAA? And how does it affect hypersomnia? We are very pleased to present a two-part video series by neuroscientist Amanda Freeman, PhD, of Emory University, which describes, in layman’s terms, exactly how y-aminobutyric acid, better known as GABA, affects sleep....

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Ask the Doctor: Do Women’s Hormones Affect Their Hypersomnia?

Can menstrual cycles trigger hypersomnia episodes? Can taking hormones tame these symptoms? And does IH affect more women than men? We are delighted to have our Medical Advisory Board member Dr. Isabelle Arnulf, a Professor of Neurology at the Sorbonne University and one of the...

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Ask the Doctor: What Is POTS, and What Does It Have to Do with Hypersomnia?

Although the Hypersomnia Foundation is not currently accepting new submissions for its Ask the Doctor series, we are working to answer previously submitted questions that are of general interest to our hypersomnia community. Today we have Dr. Mitchell Miglis of Stanford, a renowned expert in...

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Act Today and Let Your Voice Be Heard

Very recently, the Hypersomnia Foundation became aware of an opportunity to help shape the future of sleep research. The National Institutes of Health, the primary source of funding for medical research in the United States, has issued a Request for Information, which you can view at: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HL-16-312.html. The final date to...

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Antibiotic May Decrease EDS in GABA-Related Hypersomnia

A study of clarithromycin in the treatment of GABA-related hypersomnia indicates that this drug may be effective in some patients with idiopathic hypersomnia (IH), narcolepsy without cataplexy, and subjective hypersomnia. Background The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any drugs for the treatment of IH....

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New Findings in a Large Well-defined Group of People with KLS

Background Kleine Levin syndrome (KLS) is a neuropsychiatric disease that affects about 1 in a million people. Symptoms include hypersomnia, confusion, derealization, hypersexuality, megaphagia, altered mood, and hallucinations that occur during recurrent episodes, with normal sleep, thinking, mood, and behavior between episodes. Most people who have KLS...

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