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Genetic Connection Found In Migraines

Last updated on Friday, June 17, 2011

(UNDATED) - Researchers believe they may have found a connection between certain genes and migraine headaches.

Dr. Ed Zdobylak of the St. Vincent Headache Center says there is a strong genetic component especially on the women's side.

Zdobylak says the gene research may be a help in determining some of the precursors for migraine headaches but probably won't have an effect on current pain management.

Zdobylak says researchers and doctors have been able to determine migraines are brought on by a cascade of triggers, but have yet to determine what begins the domino effect.

Some common migraine triggers include weather patterns such as low pressure systems, temperature changes, food, stress, and in women - menstrual cycles.

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