A Recent Study Identified Rare Variants That Protect Against Migraines, Uncovering New Potential Avenues For The Development Of Treatments For This Chronic Pain Condition

Additionally, a rare variant in the KCNK5 gene provides substantial protection against brain aneurysms and severe migraines. This suggests either a shared pathway between the two conditions or that some early brain aneurysms might be misdiagnosed as migraines.

“What makes our study unique is that it includes large datasets from sequenced individuals enabling detection of rare variants protecting against migraines, potentially opening an avenue for development of novel drug targets,” explained Kari Stefansson, deCODE Genetics’ CEO.

To read the study’s complete findings, which have since been published in Nature Genetics, visit the link here.

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