Log In
Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Hope for migraine sufferers

27th September 2010

Researchers have discovered a defective gene associated with migraine which could pave the way for new treatments for the condition.


According to the results of a study published in Nature Medicine the defective gene could aid the triggering of migraines.

Migraines are suffered by one in five people and cause a severe and painful headache, which can also cause nausea and light sensitivity. Some migraine sufferers experience an "aura" around objects which warns them that an attack is on its way.

The researchers, from the Medical Research Council's Functional Genomics Unit at the University of Oxford, identified a gene called TRESK which directly linked to cauding migraines in certain sufferers.

The research found that if the gene does not function in the correct way, a sufferer can be more susceptible to environmental triggers which can lead to a severe headache.

Dr Zameel Cader, one of the MRC researchers, said: "Previous studies have identified parts of our DNA that increase the risk in the general population, but have not found genes which can be directly responsible for common migraine."

What we've found is that migraines seem to depend on how excitable our nerves are in specific parts of the brain."


Share this page


There are no comments for this article, be the first to comment!

Post your comment

Only registered users can comment. Fill in your e-mail address for quick registration.

Your email address:

Your comment will be checked by a Healthcare Today moderator before it is published on the site.

Article Information

Title: Hope for migraine sufferers
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 16202
Date Added: 27th Sep 2010


The Telegraph

BBC News

Recent Related Articles

Energy drinks ban in the UK


Add to scrapbook
Show Comments
Add comment
Find all related articles


Mayden - Innovative cloud-based applications for healthcare
© Mayden Foundation 2018