Gene variants raise risk of migraines in African-American children


IMAGE: Hakon Hakonarson, MD, PhD, is director of the Center for Applied Genomics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
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Credit: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Pediatric researchers have discovered common gene variants associated with migraines in African-American children. The research adds to knowledge of genetic influences on childhood migraine and may lead to future precision medicine treatments for African-American children with these intense headaches.

“Scientists already know that migraines may run in families, and other researchers have discovered multiple genetic links to migraine in European adults,” said study leader Hakon Hakonarson, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Applied Genomics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)….

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