Unique Recordings Of Brain Cell Activity Reveal Nature Of Narcolepsy, Treatment Avenues

Sun, 12 Jun 2005 07:00 AM EST

... UCLA/Veterans Affairs neuroscientists have pinpointed the electrical "signature" of the brain cells whose loss causes human narcolepsy, and made the first recordings of their activity. Made in freely moving rats in waking and across the sleep cycle, these recordings show hypocretin neurons are active during excitement generated by positive emotions and by interest in one''s surroundings. ...