Virtual roller coaster rides may help unravel causes of migraine


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Taking a ride on a virtual rollercoaster can lead to excessive motion sickness in those who experience migraine

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Virtual roller coasters set off altered brain cell activity related to dizziness and motion sickness in people who experience migraines, even if they are not currently having an episode – a finding that could lead to a better understanding of migraines and the development of new treatments.

Anyone can feel sick and dizzy when they take a ride on a roller coaster, but people who experience migraine headaches often feel sicker and dizzier on the thrill ride. And the more people feel motion sickness and a general sense of incapacitation from their migraines, the more their brain activity differs from normal during a roller coaster…

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