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Tuesday
Feb082011

Could Sleepwalking Be in Your DNA?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) - New research may have discovered a link between sleepwalking and a person's genetic makeup, reports the BBC.

The study, published in the the journal Neurology, found that the sleep episode may be caused by a defect in a person's DNA carried on a section of the chromosome 20. The faulty chromosome can be passed down from generation to generation with a sleepwalker having a 50-percent chance of passing the DNA onto their children.

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine hope the discovery could help them understand and treat the potentially dangerous condition.

Sleepwalking, which is most common in children, is a phenomenon that occurs during a deep phase of sleep where a person can sometimes perform extremely complicated tasks in a trance-like state. The condition affects around one in 50 adults.

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Tuesday
Feb082011

WHO Investigates Link Between H1N1 Vaccine and Narcolepsy

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(GENEVA, Switzerland  ) -- The World Health Organization has confirmed it is looking into the possibility that the H1N1 vaccine is linked to a rare sleeping disorder, reports the BBC.

The WHO launched its investigation after reports from at least 12 countries surfaced that there may be a link between the swine flu vaccination and narcolepsy, a condition where a person suddenly and unexpectedly falls asleep. The organization, however, says the condition has never before been linked to a vaccine.

Among those countries reporting such a link are Finland, Sweden, Iceland and the United Kingdom.

Despite the possible link, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has said that the Pandermrix vaccine is effective and should continue to be used.

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