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Is a Migraine Genetic? Researchers Identify 28 Genetic Risk Variants

Despite migraine being the third most prevalent illness in the world, the underlying causes of the condition have been unclear. Now, in what is deemed one of the largest genetic surveys of migraine, researchers have uncovered 28 new genetic variants that encourage migraine development.

Genetic Variants Tied to the Vascular System

The research, published, in Nature Genetics, identifies the 28 new migraine genetic variants as having the ability to either govern the vascular system or have been associated with vascular disease.The study researchers – all of whom are members of the International Headache Genetics Consortium (IHGC) – say their findings provide further evidence that a migraine can develop as a result of impaired blood vessel function.

Many people perceive a migraine simply as a bad headache — but this is not the case. A migraine attack can cause severe pulsating on one or both sides of the head, and this may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to sound and light, visual problems, and tingling or numbness of the face.

Symptoms and Treatment

Such symptoms can last anywhere from 4-72 hours, and at times, they can be so severe that a hospital visit is required.

Current therapies for migraine focus on alleviating symptoms of the condition, but they do not work for everyone. Because little is known about what causes migraine, identifying new therapies or a cure is challenging. Researchers say their findings could bring us closer to meeting that challenge.

Get Treatment for Your Migraine at Pasadena Pain Management

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