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Bringing Light to the Pain of A Migraine Headache

Posted Jan 17 2010 12:00am
At the Neck Pain Support Blog, we talk a lot about headaches- In recent posts we have shed light on cluster headaches, sinus headaches, tension headaches, and today I want to discusss a new study about why light bothers patients who suffer from migraine headaches. 12% of the American population is said to suffer from migraine headaches, symptoms which include neck pain, eye pain, and sensitivity  to light.
In the January edition of Science news author Tina Hesman Saey presents a recent new study (published in Nature Neuroscience) that shows how certain brain fibers are affected by migraine sufferers. The study reveals that vision isn’t needed for light to spur migraine pain, but that light-sensing cells in the retina do play a role.

Continue to read the study here: Why Light Makes Migraines Work, by By Tina Hesman Saey Science News January 2010

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