‘Cut treatment cost for sleep disorders’

Staff Reporter

Thrissur: A continuing medical education programme on ‘Sleep and sleep disorders’, organised by the Department of Physiology of the Government Medical College here on Sunday, called to bring down cost of treatment of sleep disorders.

V. Mohankumar, former Professor with the All-Indian Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, said that study of sleep disorders should have prominence in the medical curriculum. “There should be close association between basic clinical science and sleep medicine. More awareness programmes on sleep disorders should be held in the State,” he said.

Asish Karthik of Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore, said that sleep apnea went undiagnosed in 80 per cent of people. “Its prevalence in New Delhi is alarming.” Thomas Iype, Professor of Neurology with the Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, spoke about hypocretin receptors in mechanism of development of sleep disorders, their role in Parkinsonism and the role of hormones.

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