Genetic link found in migraines
For the first time three gene variations have been found which scientists believe are a link to headaches, in particular migraines.
Migraines are approximately three or four times more likely to affect women and one of genes that were identified were found exclusively in females.
It is now hoped that the new information will eventually lead to a better understanding of migraines and could possibly pave the way for revolutionary treatments.
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Twenty percent of the world’s population suffer from migraines and although the cause of the condition is largely unknown there have been suspicions that genetic inheritance plays a significant part.
The groundbreaking research was led by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, U.S and the team of researchers found three variations of the genes PRDM16, TRPM8 and LRP1.
These variations were more common in migraine sufferers and the scientists believe they increase the risk of a migraine by 10-15 percent.
The TRPM8 gene was only linked to migraines in women. Both the PRDM16 gene and the TRPM8 gene were linked specifically to migraines rather than other types of headaches.
Meanwhile, the LRP1 gene is responsible for sensing the external world and the researchers believe it could be involved in the promotion of migraine attacks.
The genes of over 23,000 women were look at as part of the study and over 5,000 of these women were migraine sufferers.
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”