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Brains's sodium level linked to migraine risk: Study

IANS  |  New York 

A team of US researchers have found a link between and how is distributed through the brain, a finding that could be key to future research on treatments for millions of affected people.

Using high-powered magnets at the lab, essentially a high-powered magnetic resonance imaging, the team scanned rats' brains as they experienced

They found that there was increased in the brain stem long before the rats showed any sign of having a migraine, according to the study published in the journal

"The importance of these findings is that they further emphasise the role of increase early in and help point to the region where symptoms may be starting," said at -- a California-based non-profit organisation.

Previous studies have showed that sufferers have significantly higher sodium concentrations in their cerebrospinal fluid than people without the condition.

Scientists have found that a number of different health scenarios seem to trigger migraines including anxiety, stress, exposure to light and hormonal changes.

According to the World Health Organisation, a large number of people with are not diagnosed and treated - worldwide only 40 per cent of those with are professionally diagnosed.

Besides the painful headache, the condition is also disabling. In the Global Burden of Disease Study, migraine was ranked as the sixth highest cause worldwide of years lost due to disability.



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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 16:18 IST