Saturday, April 16, 2011

WEGO Health Activist Prompt 16: News Reporter

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For the month of April I'm participating in WEGO Health's Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge Prompts. If you'd like more information or want to participate, too, please visit: Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge.

Today's WEGO Health Activist Writing Month Prompt is: "Report this! Write a blog where you're a news reporter presenting an invention or cure for your condition."

In all honesty, I do this kind of writing all the time on the blog, so I'm going to cheat and just recycle some recent content. After all, I went to J School and specialized in print media before law school. It all feels like many lifetimes ago considering it's actually only been 11 years.

The researcher whose work established this connection believes both hypermobility and migraine share roots of being related to collagen. Collagen is a protein that connects joints and tissues. His hypothesis is that if collagen is too elastic it leads to overly flexible joints and stretchy blood vessels. However, the notion that migraine originates in the blood vessels has gone out of fashion in recent years with the awareness that it's actually a neurological condition. Perhaps extremely elastic collagen makes the blood vessels more susceptible to the expansion and contraction observed in migraines.

This was an extremely small study and participants were taken from a connective tissue clinic, which may have skewed the results toward sicker people. It will certainly require larger studies to determine whether there is anything to this connection.

from Extremely Flexible People More Likely to Have Migraines
Pretty interesting research if you ask me.

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