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Investing in migraine research is beginning to pay off. MRF funding has supported research that…
- Discovered that female sufferers of migraine with aura are at increased risk of stroke in later life.
- Revealed that opiates, which are sometimes used to treat migraine, can cause changes in the brain that last long after usage stops.
- Established a migraine-specific DNA library and searchable electronic database for use in future research.
- Identified five genes that are involved in the link between migraine and cardiovascular disease, particularly stroke.
- Discovered the first genetic evidence linking glutamate and migraine.
- Proved that calcium channel mutations contribute to migraine headaches.
- Demonstrated that collection of DNA samples through the mail is feasible and provides usable DNA.
- Identified a potential mechanism underlying opioid-induced medication overuse headaches, providing a novel target for drug development.
- Discovered that nasal insulin can reduce susceptibility to cortical spreading depression, found in migraine with aura.
- Found that brief behavioral interventions, especially cognitive behavioral therapy, may reduce headache frequency and anxiety in children.
- Showed that prolonged frequent use of triptan medication, intended to relieve headaches, may in fact induce headaches.
- Found that neurosteroids play an important role in predisposing the brain to develop migraine aura.