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Volume 4, Issue 4 • 2015 18 contents Migraine, Epilepsy and Genetics A possible relationship between migraine and epilepsy has long been debated. The Epilepsy Phenome/Genome project (EPGP) provided the first demonstration of a shared genetic effect on migraine and epilepsy in a large group of individuals with common epilepsy and common migraine. This article is based on Dr. Winawer’s Seymour Diamond, M.D. Lectureship, “Evidence for a Shared Genetic Susceptibility to Migraine and Epilepsy,” which was presented on Friday, February 14, 2014, at the course, The 27th Annual Practicing Physician’s Approach to the Difficult Headache Patient. 23 Physical Therapy for Headache Physical therapy is commonly prescribed for individuals who experience cervicogenic headaches, but these techniques may be considered for those suffering from other types of headaches. With appropriate treatment from a physical therapist who specializes in headache interventions, one can expect a decrease in headache signs and symptoms. 25 What to Do When Your Child with Headache is Leaving for College For most incoming college students, their challenge lies in adapting to new academic and social pressures. However, for those with migraine, the task lies beyond this: navigating a host of new lifestyle factors that may cause their headaches to worsen. Recognizing triggers, preparing a treatment plan, and anticipating the changes in advance will give your teenager the best tools to keep his or her migraines managed. 29 Creativity in Spite of Disability History is replete with stories about famous headache sufferers and how they overcame their disability to be successful in their lives. Charles Darwin, the famed scientist and writer, was able to continue his life’s work despite being an invalid. What were the factors which helped him overcome his incapacitating headaches? And how did it affect his family life? 32 News 6 NHF Learn what’s happening in and around the National Headache Foundation. The Headache Clinics Mail 12 Reader You ask, our physician experts answer. Get information from leaders in headache medicine. This issue focuses on the Headache Care Center in Springfield, Missouri, and a conversation with Kathleen Farmer, PsyD. www.headaches.org | National Headache Foundation 5