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A qualitative study of migraine involving patient researchers

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DOI 10.1212/WNL.0b013e31826daf64 2012;79;e112-e115 Neurology Steven Karceski and Neal S. Parikh Infant colic and migraine: Is there a connection? This information is current as of September 24, 2012 located on the World Wide Web at: The online version of this article, along with updated information and services, is Enterprises, Inc.. All rights reserved. Print ISSN: 0028-3878. Online ISSN: 1526-632X. since 1951, it is now a weekly with 48 issues per year. Copyright Copyright © 2012 by AAN ® is the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Published continuouslyNeurology Infant colic and migraine Is there a connection? Steven Karceski, MD Neal S. Parikh, BA WHAT DID THE AUTHORS STUDY? In their arti- cle “Before the headache: infant colic as an early life expression of migraine,” Dr. Gelfand and colleagues1 studied a large number of mother-infant pairs to bet- ter understand the cause of infant colic. Colic is de- fined as a situation in which an otherwise healthy baby cries or displays symptoms of distress frequently and for extended periods. In these instances, there is no clear cause for the discomfort. Colic usually starts within the first month of life, and often disappears rather suddenly. In most babies, colic stops before the infant is 3 to 4 months old. In some babies, colic can last up to 12 months. The cause of colic is not well known. Limited data link infant colic to migraines. It is known that mi- graine is genetic: children of a person with migraines are more likely to have migraine as well. If colic is a symptom of migraine, one would expect that colic should occur more often if a parent had migraine. Dr. Gelfand and colleagues designed a study to better understand the relationship between colic and migraine. HOW WAS THE STUDY DONE? At the University of San Francisco Pediatrics Clinic, between July 2010 and September 2011, 165 mothers and their infants were studied. Dr. Ge

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