Saturday, October 14, 2006

migraine news roundup 22

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Biofeedback, the journal of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), reports that neurofeedback may be an effective treatment for migraine disease.

Neurofeedback Training May Help Normalize Some Abnormal Brain Wave Patterns

Abnormal electrophysiological (EEG) patterns patterns observed by researchers during migraine attacks indicate that neurofeeback, a type of biofeedback that uses brain wave (EEG) patterns to provide feedback to the brain, may help normalize these patterns, improving the person's quality of life. Biofeedback is a kind of mind-body treatment that trains the brain to control the body's involuntary responses.

Researchers indicate that early childhood experiences can mitigate the effects of genetic predisposition to depression:

Early Family Experience Can Reverse The Effects Of Genes, Psychologists Report
The research showed that a person's likelihood of developing symptoms of depression was not predicted by the particular combination of alleles alone; rather, it was the combination of the person's environment and genetic variant s/s that determined whether the person experienced symptoms of depression, said Taylor, principal investigator on the study.

This study, which seems to show the importance of both nature and nurture in an individual's likelihood of developing depression, was published in the journal Biological Psychiatry.

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