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Posted by Geo ( on September 04, 2000 at 12:10:01:

In Reply to: Research and something tangible to work on posted by Ted on September 04, 2000 at 11:49:38:

I was just abou to post the same article from the March 2000 issue of Discover magazine...

“The origins of the major types of headaches remains a conundrum: Headaches seem to result from abnormal brain functions of a completely normal brain structure. But recently, a team led by neurologist Peter Goadsby of University College of London produced evidence of structural differences within the brains of a group of people suffering from cluster headaches. “The current view of the neurobiology of cluster headaches requires complete revision, “ he says.
Beginning in 1997, Goadsby’s team began using functional imaging to compare the brains of cluster-headache sufferers with those of normal patients. The results, published in 1998 The Lancet and in 1999 in Nature magazine, show that cluster patients have an abnormally enlarged area within the hypothalamus….Goadsby doesn’t know yet if the brain cells involved are bigger than those in normal patients or if there are simply more of them; that would require the dissection of a brain….”but it’s clear right now that the central nervous system is where the action is….”

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