Found, migraine gene that could lead to a cure

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Post by Tee on Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:13 am

Scientists have identified a 'migraine gene', raising hopes of new drugs to nip the crippling headaches in the bud.

Migraines feature in the World Health Organisation's top 20 most disabling lifetime conditions and affect one in eight men and women.

They lead to more sick days than any other illness - at a cost to the economy of more than £2billion a year.

The intense headaches, which can be accompanied by nausea and visual disturbances, as well as sensitivity to light, can take up to three days to pass, and one in seven sufferers believes that time off due to migraines has affected their career.

With current drugs not effective or not suitable for all sufferers, the latest breakthrough could make the condition more bearable for millions.

An international research team, spearheaded by experts from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, in Cambridge, compared the DNA of thousands of migraine sufferers with that of other people.

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