Narcolepsy, Swine Flu Vaccine Paper Retracted
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A retraction has been issued regarding a paper published December 2013 in the journal Science Translational Medicine on a possible link between an H1N1 vaccine and narcolepsy. The original research suggested that narcolepsy could be triggered by an immune response to a part of the protein in the H1N1 flu virus that is similar to the protein hypocretin, which plays a key role in narcolepsy. After the researchers were unable to replicate their findings, they requested that the paper be retracted. The manufacturer of the H1N1 vaccine in question, GlaxoSmithKline, had contributed funding to the study but states that it remains committed to supporting continued research on this potential risk.
The paper, originally published in the journal Science Translational Medicine in December 2013, suggested narcolepsy can sometimes be triggered by a scientific phenomenon known as "molecular mimicry," offering a possible explanation for its link to GSK's "swine flu" vaccine, Pandemrix. But in a ...
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