Scientists find genetic link to common migraines

August 30, 2010 2:23:33 PM PDT
Migraines can seem like a family affair for some patients because they know of other relatives who suffer with them too. Gene detectives say it's no coincidence.

Scientists say they have found the first inherited link to common types of migraines.

The tiny variant can be found on Chromosome 8 between two genes. It's thought to help regulate a chemical called glutamate.

This chemical may accumulate in junctions between brain cells and scientists think this unleashes the migraine. If so, drug engineers say it gives them a tempting new target for treatment.

There is more on the research in the journal Nature Genetics.


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