It’s about time we had better Migraine treatments. Right? Right!
Most of the time, I post about Migraine sites and blogs that are disappointing, questionable, or wrong. Today, I want to post about SOMETHING that’s wrong while posting about some sites and people who are great!
One of the reasons we don’t have better treatments is that the burden of research is left on the shoulders of the pharmaceutical companies. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) who should be funding the kind of research that reveals more about the causes of Migraine disease and how Migraines actually work in our brains, funds very, very little research for Migraine diseae or other headache disorders.
According to the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (the AHDA), the NIH expended less than $10 millong in 2006 towards all research on headache disorders, comprising less than one-half of one percent of their budget. The AHDA grew out of a 2007 event called Headache on the Hill. During Headache on the Hill, a group of doctors, researchers, and patient advocates traveled to Washington, DC, to speak to their congress members about NIH funding for Migraine and headache research.
Their work didn’t stop there. The AHDA kept at it, calling on everyone to send emails to their congressmen to get their backing. They also made it really easy! The emails were pre-written, and it only took a few minutes to go to their site and send them.
Later this month, Headache on the Hill will be going on again. As these dedicated people are preparing to brave this cold winter and travel to DC again, they’re also anticipating that they may need to enlist our help soon to send emails to congress again.
Soooooooooo, to get read for that, we all need to be sure we’re signed up to get their email alerts when our help is needed.
Let’s put our fingers where our mouths so often are and register for the AHDA mailing list. To do so, simply CLICK HERE.
Please, register for their mailing list AND ask all of your family and friends to do the same.
To keep up with all the AHDA is doing, as well as other important issues, keep an eye on MyMigraineConnection.com, where author and patient advocate Teri Robert always keeps us up-to-date.
Images courtesy of Teri Robert and the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy
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