33MD for February 16, 2009

POSTED: Monday, February 16, 2009 - 8:24pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:57pm

People with chronic migraines may be able to stop the pain in their head by treating their heart. One in four people is born with a hole in the heart called PFO. N many cases it is benign, but for some it’s linked to an increased risk for migraine and stroke. Researchers in Italy say they were able to stop the migraines in a majority of patients by surgically closing the hole in their heart.

New evidence links melanoma to Parkinson’s Disease. Harvard researchers studied more than 150,000 people for nearly 20 years. They found those with a reported family history of melanoma were nearly twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s. This suggests there could be a common gene between the two diseases. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

If you just can’t get your blood pressure down your genes may be the culprit. A new study out of Massachusetts General Hospital has identified genes that help rid your body of excess sodium. Doctors found people with bad versions of the two genes are up to 18% likely to have high blood pressure. High salt intake is known to cause high blood pressure.