Migraines Found to Have Link to Genetic Defect, Researchers Say

September 27, 2010

(ChattahBox Health News) – A study conducted by the University of Oxford has found a link between chronic migraines and a genetic defect that affects the TRESK gene.

According to the study, which was funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), when there is a problem with the TRESK function it triggers the parts of the brain that regulate pain sensitivity, making a small headache become a debilitating migraine.

“What we’ve found is that migraines seem to depend on how excitable our nerves are in specific parts of the brain,” Dr Zameel Cader was quoted by the BBC.

“Finding the key player which controls this excitability will give us a real opportunity to find a new way to fight migraines and improve the quality of life for those suffering.”

The implication of the defect could lead to a new form of treatment that would be effective for one in five women or one in ten men, with further improvements over time.

You can find the study in the latest edition of Natural Medicine.


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