Migraine news this week: May 28

Catch up on the headlines.

Curelator Headache study in Cephalagia shows migraineurs may have "unique" trigger profiles

Using data from Curelator, a migraine tracking app, researchers determined the most common migraine triggers among users as well as differences between sufferers. They concluded that though there are 8 widely shared triggers, most triggers are very individual and not shared with the larger group. These results further encourage the trend toward personalized medicine in the treatment of migraine.

RNA Sequencing of Trigeminal Ganglia in Rattus Norvegicus after Glyceryl Trinitrate Infusion with Relevance to Migraine

A group of researchers including MRF grantee Dr. Jes Olesen investigated the effects of a migraine-inducing substance on rats' genes. They found that the migraine attack was associated with changes in 15 different genes in the rats. Further studies of these genes in rats will help increase researchers' understanding of migraine and its underlying causes, as well as pinpoint which genes to study in human migraine research.

Understanding migraine and psychiatric comorbidity

Investigators conducted a comprehensive review of recent studies on migraine with co-occurring psychiatric disorders. They found the prevailing themes to be that anxiety and mood disorders are very common among migraine sufferers, and that when these disorders are present, migraine symptoms are usually worse. They also found that even when migraine sufferers have comorbid psychiatric conditions, they're still good candidates for preventive migraine treatment. This literature review emphasizes the benefit of comprehensive, multi-disciplinary treatment of migraine.

Association Between Headaches and Tinnitus in Young Adults: Cross-Sectional Study

A group of researchers led by MRF Grantee Dr. Tobias Kurth looked into the connection between tinnitus--ringing or buzzing in a person's ears--and migraine in patients around 20 years old. Research on the topic had previously only been done on elderly people. They confirmed the association between migraine and tinnitus in young adults, adding another clue to further our understanding of the underlying mechanisms of migraine.