Stanford researchers have found an immune cell they believe is responsible for the sleep disorder narcolepsy.
After years of amateur research into medical issues that effect our immediate and extended families-including narcolepsy, (possible) celiac disease, autistic spectrum/pervasive developmental disorders, schizophrenia, and my mother’s as-yet-unspecified autoimmune disorder–I’ve learned that most of these disorders tend to be found in the same families and are generally associated with the same genetic mutation on the HLA gene, so it’s not surprising at all that they’ve confirmed narcolepsy is autoimmune.
Having learned that Gianna does *not* have celiac disease but merely a wheat allergy, yet knowing we all have that same wheat allergy (and wondering if I should still be genetically tested for Celiac), I’m wondering if the difference between autoimmune disrders is just additional allergies.
I wonder if the HLA gene just creates the general tendency for the immune system to “revolt.”
Then which autoimmune disease(s) present themselves in the patient depend upon other genes. For example, the gene for wheat allergy + the HLA mutation = Celiac disease.