Keeping up with what's new in the world of Migraines and other headache disorders can be difficult. It seems as if it goes in cycles with not much new for a while, then lots of new research coming out. To add to the difficulty, many Migraineurs simply don't feel well enough to search for information, and when they do feel well, they have too many things they want and need to do.
We seem to be in one of those periods where quite a bit of research is being reported, so I thought I'd pull some links together in one spot for you. Here are some articles of special interest from the last few months...
Nausea is one of the symptoms we think of first when we think about Migraine symptoms. The International Headache Society lists nausea as one of the defining symptoms of Migraine. Over the years, many Migraineurs have mentioned or asked questions about neck pain during a Migraine attack. Researchers recently published the results of a study to look at the prevalence of neck pain in Migraine. More info in Migraine and Neck Pain - A New Study.
One problem holding up development of better Migraine treatments is that there is still much that is not well understood about the disease. This includes the pathophysiology of Migraine and the genetics of Migraine. Now, a world-wide collaboration of researchers has identified the first-ever genetic risk factor associated with common* types of Migraine. The researchers, who looked at the genetic data of more than 50,000 people, have produced new insights into the triggers for Migraines attacks and they hope their research will open the door for novel medications to prevent Migraine attacks. More info in First Genetic Link for Common Types of Migraine.
Researchers have identified a gene mutation that could impact triggering Migraines and provide a direction for developing new treatments. Using DNA samples from multiple generations of a large family with Migraine with aura, the researchers were able to identify the mutation on a gene known as KCNK18 or TRESK that was common to the members of the family. It's believed that this mutation alters the electrical activity in certain brain cells. When this gene doesn't work as it should, Migraine triggers can more easily bring on a Migraine attack... More in KCNK 18 TRESK Gene Implicated in Migraine.
Following years of Botox® (onabotulinum toxin A) being used off-label to treat Migraine, the FDA has now approved it for the treatment of Chronic Migraine, which is defined in the FDA approved prescribing information a Migraine 15 or more days per month with headache lasting four hours a day or longer... More in Botox Approved by FDA for Chronic Migraine.
This isn't exactly Migraine research, but I wanted to bring it to your attention anyway. In August, i tried some new sleepwear and published Review: Goodnighties Sleepwear and Migraine Comfort. One reason I wanted to bring this up again is that we're being offered a 25% discount on Goodnighties through the end of November. If you're interested, shop the Goodnighties web site and enter the discount code MIGRAINE when checking out.
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© Teri Robert, 2010
Last updated October 23, 2010