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Actress Kate Walsh of Grey’s Anatomy

Posted by quotes on March 7, 2007

Actress Kate Walsh of Grey’s Anatomy Raises Awareness of Narcolepsy

Grey’s Anatomy star Kate Walsh is working with the Narcolepsy Network on the national campaign to increase understanding of narcolepsy.

Narcolepsy is a serious 24 hour sleep-wake disorder that affects approximately 200,000 people in the U.S., the majority of which are undiagnosed.

Walsh, best known for her recurring role as Dr. Addison Shepherd on the Golden-Globe nominated series Grey’s Anatomy, is featured in a series of public service announcements released this week that encourage people who suspect they have narcolepsy to see their doctor.

Did you know:

  • Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder, the cause of which is not well understood.  While its main symptom is excessive daytime sleepiness, many patients also experience cataplexy, the sudden loss of muscle tone that can cause them to fall down
  • Most patients with narcolepsy go years without being diagnosed. 
  • Narcolepsy is often mistaken for depression, epilepsy, or the side effects of medications.
  • National Sleep Awareness Week, March 5th – March 11th, is an annual public education, information and awareness campaign that coincides with the return to Daylight Savings Time on March 11th.

    TALENT/GUEST: Kate Walsh, Actress, Grey’s Anatomy

    Kate grew up in San Jose and Tucson, Arizona, and later attended the University of Arizona, where she got involved in regional theater. After college, Kate moved to Chicago and joined the Piven Theatre Workshop, as well as the Chicago Shakespeare Repertory. She performed on National Public Radio in the production of the radio play Born Guilty. Walsh later moved to New York City and joined the comedy group Burn Manhattan for several off-Broadway plays. Her first major TV part came on The Drew Carey Show as Niki Fifer, Drew’s heavyset girlfriend. She wore a fat suit for the part. She went on to portray Carol Nelson in HBO’s The Mind of the Married Man, then MacDonald’s romantic interest in the short-lived sitcom The Norm Show. Walsh has taken her talents to the big screen as well, with credits including Normal Life (1996), Peppermills (1997), Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Part 2 (1998). More recently, she appeared with Diane Lane and Grey’s co-star Sandra Oh in Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), and Kicking & Screaming (2005), alongside Well Ferrell and Robert Duvall.

    Dr. Richard Bogan

    Dr. Richard Bogan is the associate clinical professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and serves as the Chairman of SleepMed, Inc. Board of Directors and Chief Medical Officer of the company. He founded Sleep Disorder Centers of America in 1994. Dr. Bogan received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He is board-certified in sleep medicine, critical care, pulmonary medicine and internal medicine. With 25 years of experience in sleep medicine, he has built the largest sleep company in the nation and is recognized for high quality patient care.

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    One Response to “Actress Kate Walsh of Grey’s Anatomy”

    1. SOG knives said

      SOG knives…

      Interesting ideas… I wonder how the Hollywood media would portray this?…

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