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Michio Kaku: We’ve reached a turning point on UFOs

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As we’ve been covering the various stories relating to the recent release of videos by our military, showing strange aircraft (spacecraft?) in our military airspace, there’s been one repeating theme. Most of the people speculating on the origin of these craft seemed to generally be from the military or the “ufo community.” Where have the more mainstream scientists been in this debate? At least one of them stepped up to the plate recently to weigh in with a surprising take.

Professor Michio Kaku of CUNY, the theoretical physicist who shows up on virtually every show about outer space on the Science Channel, Discovery and others, spoke at the Ufology World Congress in Spain recently. He addressed the question of the recent videos and what implications they might have for us. After previously treating the UFO topic as something more fanciful, Kaku seems to have really had a change of heart and declared that we’ve reached “a turning point.” (Yahoo News)

Even if not smoking-gun proof, the declassified videos — bolstered by confirmation of multiple sightings of unexplained aerial vehicles during 2014 and 2015, including at least one near-collision — are giving ufology new weight. “We’ve reached a turning point,” Kaku said. “It used to be that believers had to prove that these objects were from an intelligent race in outer space. Now the burden of proof is on the government to prove they’re not from intelligent beings in outer space.”

The possibility that they are vehicles from other planetary civilizations, Kaku told Yahoo, “now has to be put on the table.”

That’s a pretty hot take right there. “The burden of proof is on the government” to prove that these vehicles didn’t come from outer space.

By the way, that linked article at Yahoo is quite lengthy and has a ton of background information on the various players in this topic right now. If you’re interested, but not really up to speed on the government material, the To The Stars Academy and all the rest, it’s definitely worth a read.

But is Professor Kaku right? Have we really reached “a turning point” in the discussion of possible extraterrestrial intelligence and anomalous craft visiting our planet? I’m not quite there yet, but the discussion has certainly been expanding into the mainstream media a lot more, rather than just the dark halls of ufology websites and dens of conspiracy theories. (Confession time. Those are places I hang out anyway.)

I have a couple of issues with the stance that Kaku is taking, though I’m still very excited about the information that’s been coming out. First of all, stating that the burden of proof is now on the government to prove something relies on the rather dubious assumption that the government actually knows the answer. After all, one of the reasons they came clean with the Navy videos was that the pilots and their commanders were concerned and wanted a more thorough investigation done. Congress even demanded (and received) a briefing on the subject, so it doesn’t sound like they knew about it either. It’s entirely possible that the government doesn’t have a clue who built those things. Of course, if that’s the case, then who did?

I suppose it’s still conceivable (barely) that some super-secret group in the Defense Department cooked this up and just didn’t tell anyone else… even our own military. Or perhaps the Russians or the Chinese. But if you go back and watch my interview with Quantum Physicist Deep Prasad you’ll see there’s a problem with that theory. The amount of energy required to essentially defy gravity as at least one type of these UAPs have been observed doing, would probably require smashing two black holes together. If anyone was producing that kind of energy anywhere on the planet, somebody should have noticed.

Still, I’m heartened to see more people, including mainstream scientists, looking into these questions and expanding the discussion. It just feels as if we might finally be on the verge of learning something new and truly remarkable. And it’s something that could change the entire course of history and the future of humanity. Well… unless it turns out that the aliens are here to eat us and steal our planet. That would kind of suck.

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The search for the “gay gene”

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When this report first came out last week I didn’t feel tempted to write about it, but it did lead to a lengthy and interesting discussion with some friends on social media. It involves the release of the results of a study conducted in Great Britain and the United States that’s being billed as the biggest study ever conducted on genetics and same-sex attraction. I’ll have to confess… I was kind of shocked at the conclusions. But long story short, while some possible correlations were noted, they concluded that there is no single “gay gene” that determines your sexual orientation. (NBC News)

The largest study to date on genetics and same-sex sexual behavior was published last week, and it concluded something many queer people have been saying for a long time: Sexual orientation is complicated and can’t be explained away by a single “gay gene.”

This takeaway pushes back on what seemed like a resolute determination among earlier scientists to show sexual orientation is a product simply of biology, while it also backs up millions of us who’ve discussed our varied experiences regarding our sexualities. And it helps clarify where the priorities of LGBTQ people should be in fighting for civil rights in the political and legal arenas.

Sexual orientation is complicated and can’t be explained away by a single “gay gene.”

The author goes on to offer a number of arguments as to why this study should never have been published, many of which have been around for ages and are worth consideration. Gays and lesbians have long been concerned over the possible discovery of the mythical gay gene because that information could be misused in the wrong hands. What if someone wanted to push the research in another direction and develop a “cure?” Or would parents begin prenatal screening and start aborting gay babies? Prior to recent changes in policy, there were suggestions the military might start screening blood tests of recruits and rejecting those that “failed the straight test.”

Much of my surprise was no doubt due to my highly limited, layman’s understanding of genetics. For some reason, I had always assumed that there would be some sort of definitive gay gene or genes. After all, there seem to be specific genes dictating every aspect of our makeup that we look at. There are genes that determine whether individuals find the taste of a particular food or spice pleasant, bitter and awful, or they detect no taste at all. There are genes that seem to predict whether you will prefer coffee or tea. Why wouldn’t something so fundamental as your sexual orientation be driven by something hiding in your double helix?

But then I was reminded by some of the people I was chatting with of some other factors to consider. One of the biggest was the idea that, aside from random mutations in each generation, genes are passed down from parents to children. The elephant in the room here should be obvious. How would a gene be passed down if its primary function was to make you vastly less likely to engage in the activities required to produce children? Good question.

In the end, will any of this matter? I highly doubt it. People are just people, straight, gay or in between. And while we have mapped the human genome, precisely what all of those tiny strands are up to will probably remain a mystery for a long time to come. In fact, most researchers appear to believe that most genes don’t “act alone” for any particular result, with the outcome depending on combinations of multiple genes. And some “turn on” or “turn off” at various points in our lives, so the picture is constantly shifting. So I’m not drawing any conclusions here. I just find the science behind it fascinating.

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Julian ‘Men Can Get Pregnant and Tornadoes are Racist’ Castro Slams Trump – the President’s ‘Bizarre’

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On Sunday, 2020 Democratic lunger Julián Castro insulted Trump over his negotiation efforts related to the Taliban and leaders of Afghanistan.

A secret meeting had originally been planned, but it was ultimately canceled, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling any talks “dead” “for the time being.”

Hence, Julián tried to clamp down on the President during a spot on NBC’s Meet the Press:

“This is the worst president when it comes to negotiating, I think, that we’ve had in a very long time.”

Strong words. But at least he said “in a very long time” rather than the seemingly more popular (and much dumber) “ever.” There’s nothing quite like someone imagining they know everything that’s ever happened in history and contrasting it with the record-making evil of Trump.

Castro continued:

“It’s another bizarre episode. It’s more of this erratic behavior that people are tired of.”

Lift the needle from the record, please.

“Another bizarre episode” — interesting choice of words from a guy who stood in front of the world and explained to us that men can get pregnant, sometimes necessitating taxpayer-funded abortions (here).

Would that constitute an instance of the bizarre?

Or how about Wednesday’s episode of the erratic, during which Julián literally claimed weather is racist and goes after non-whites (here)?

And he promised to even the score against those small-minded sectarian cyclones.

He’s saving us from blatantly black-hatin’ blizzards! He’s rescuing us from horrible hood-wearin’ hurricanes!

Back to Meet the Press, the future Equalizer and former Housing and Urban Development secretary outlined his reasons Trump’s shenanigans are bizarre:

“First of all, I think like most Americans, I don’t know what to believe anymore, what comes out of the mouth or the tweet of this president. … But if [a physical trip to Camp David had actually been planned], if it had been planned, that’s bizarre as well. Even though I do support negotiated political settlement there that will increase stability and make sure Afghanistan is not used as a base of terrorist operations, it’s very odd to invite a terrorist organization like that to Camp David. That’s not in keeping with the way that the United States negotiates.”

But, bizarrely, here’s what Julián, apparently, could absolutely believe: that Donald Trump laid back, opened his legs, and a baby came out.

That wouldn’t be bizarre.

And that fact is…well, you know what it is.

JulianForTheFuture.

Take that, racist rain.

-ALEX

 

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GMU Science and Technology Campus sets plans for expansion

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George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university, and in the coming years, the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas will become even bigger, according to the director of administration and operations for the campus, Ron Carmichael.

The expansion will bring two new academic buildings, four-degree completion programs and housing for undergraduates, as well as a possible town center. All of the changes are part of the university’s five- to eight-year strategic goal of more than tripling the current 1,000 full-time student population to about 3,550, according to Carmichael.

“There’s space in Prince William for this project,” says Carmichael. “Most of our programs will relate to physical science, engineering, IT, and we will continue to have recreation health and tourism, too, to make it a full-service campus.”

There are currently eight buildings on the Science and Technology Campus, including three research facilities, two academic buildings, one student housing facility for graduate students, a recreation and fitness center, and a performing arts center. According to Carmichael, building additional classrooms and research labs will help attract undergraduate students to the various programs offered at this GMU campus. 

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One of the two future academic buildings, which will be a 100,000-square-foot site consisting primarily of teaching labs, is currently in the design phase, with a completion date of spring 2023. Carmichael and his team have plans to discuss the addition of a second building, titled Academic VIII, in the spring of 2020, which will include additional classrooms and teaching labs within 200,000 square feet of space. 

With more room for learning, there is an opportunity to bring four-year degree completion programs for undergraduates on campus, according to Carmichael. As of now, forensic science will be the first program to be implemented, followed by one or two others that will focus on education in a similar field. Plus, there will be space for undergraduates to live on campus by 2023, according to Carmichael. 

A critical piece of the project, according to Carmichael, is the completion of a town center, which the staff at GMU is hoping to see approved and developed within the next six to eight months.  

“If we are going to bring four-year programs on campus, then we need a hub for student amenities,” Carmichael explains. “We need coffee shops, laundry and quick-stops, all the things students depend on at a four-year campus. We might also see some active adult housing grow in the area, which would help provide more support toward the campus.”

In recent months, George Mason University started considering the addition of a state-of-the-art, specialty medical school that would admit 40 to 45 students for the starting year, if approved. Carmichael says the university is currently in the “fact-finding stage,” with plans to meet with a number of health providers in the area to gauge interest and see if the investment is worth it. 

“This would be the campus where it would happen,” says Carmichael of the Science and Technology Campus. “We should know within the next 12 months if that’s a reality or not. But it’s really just exciting to think eight years down the road, we might have a new town center, new programs and continue the high level of research we are currently involved in.”

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Julian Castro Saves the World, One Psychotic Problem at a Time. Previously: Pregnant Men; This Week: Racist White Weather

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You know what the most terrible kind of environmental horror is? The racist kind.

And you know how to make racism worse? Make it environmental.

I can barely believe those two things can even go together. Someone needs do somethin’.

I cherish my sigh of relief, knowing Julián “Men need to have taxpayer-funded abortions” Castro has volunteered.

Shew.

During CNN’s town hall Wednesday, a male nurse in the audience claimed his patients “suffer the most from climate change” as victims of “environmental racism.”

Fortunately, Julián was already all too familiar with the malady. So he jumped right in.

With dumbness.

And — as a bonus — he included the 1940’s viewpoint that there are only two races: white and non-white (currently “people of color”).

“I know that too often times it’s people who are poor, communities of color, who take the brunt of storms that are getting more frequent and more powerful.”

So if a Chinese guy moves into a white Texas neighborhood, his house will be targeted by the cyclone? What a racist jerk of a tornado.

Thankfully, that poor Saginaw soul — a very distant relative of a native Beijinger — can rest easy.

Say it, Julián:

“My plan actually calls for new civil rights legislation to be able to address environmental injustice.”

YES!!!!

And woe unto that afflicted Asian, by the way, if he might also be impregnated through his penis and need an abortion. Oh, wait — Julian’s got him there, too!

Castro also let everyone know he can “connect the dots to places like Flint, Michigan,” and he’s intent upon giving folks the “tools to fight back” where the “tremendous injustice” of environmental racism is concerned.

God Bless Julián Castro — a great American. And a man who seems fiercely determined to stay humble by never, ever becoming the President of the United States.

-ALEX



 

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Study suggests fluoride in water supplies may harm IQ of children

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People worried about the fluoridation of municipal water supplies seem to occupy the same fringe space in American life as flat-earthers. But a new study published by JAMA Pediatrics appears to lend credence to the idea that fluoridated water has an impact on the IQ of children. The Washington Post reports that the study was subjected to additional scrutiny but ultimately found an impact on the IQ of boys:

Pregnant women reported their consumption of tap water and black tea, which is high in fluoride, in questionnaires. The authors of the new study also calculated the amount of fluoride in municipal water, based on the levels at wastewater treatment plants linked to the women’s postal codes. The researchers estimated the women’s fluoride intake based on a combination of those measures.

The researchers compared the fluoride intake of 400 women, some who lived in fluoridated cities and some who did not. They controlled for factors such as household income and the women’s education. A 1 milligram daily increase in fluoride intake was associated with a 3.7-point drop in children’s IQ, they found…

The scientists observed that a 1 milligram-per-liter increase in urine fluoride predicted a drop in IQ of 4.5 points in young boys. When the researchers examined the urine of mothers who had daughters, however, fluoride had no association with IQ…

Several researchers unaffiliated with the report applauded this work’s publication in the face of intense review. “I believe that, in general, the dental community will discount these findings, minimize their importance and continue to recommend the use of fluoridated water during pregnancy,” said Pamela Den Besten, a pediatric dentist who studies tooth enamel at the University of California at San Francisco. She added: “This study has been carefully conducted and analyzed.”

Indeed, the Post article has a statement from the American Dental Association in its second paragraph. A spokesperson for the group says it will continue to support fluoridation as a significant way to prevent tooth decay for large populations. The American Academy of Pediatrics also supports fluoridation.

But Philippe Grandjean at the Harvard School of Public Health called the study “excellent” and said, “CDC has to come out and look at the risk-benefit ratio again, because they can’t continue relying on studies that were carried out decades ago.”

NPR spoke to Christine Till, one of the authors of the study, who said that if the results are accurate the impact on the population as a whole would be significant even if the impact on a particular child was small:

The difference was typically a couple of IQ points, though the spread was wider when comparing those with highest exposure and those with the least. In general, there was a small difference for any individual child.

“We would feel an impact of this magnitude at a population level,” Till says, “because you would have millions of more children falling in the range of intellectual disability, or an IQ of under 70, and that many fewer kids in the gifted range.”

The study was funded by the Canadian government and the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Science.

“It’s actually very similar to the effect size that’s seen with childhood exposure to lead,” says David Bellinger, a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. He reviewed the paper before it was published and wrote a commentary about it.

No one thinks that one study of a few hundred women in Canada is going to change US policy any time soon. But this study will encourage other researchers to try and replicate the findings. If the findings do hold up then maybe we’ll see some changes in a few years.

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National Children’s Museum set to open its new location in DC this November

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On Nov. 1, the National Children’s Museum will reopen at a new location, bringing a cornerstone the region’s kids a STEM-focused museum for the first time since the original site, Capital Children’s Museum, closed 16 years ago. Before the doors open, we spoke with museum CEO and President Crystal Bower about creating the kid-focused concept in an era driven by technology.

The museum is being billed as celebrating “modern childhood.” What does that mean?
I think that for today’s child, what they expect from a children’s museum is very different from what you and I expected at a children’s museum. They want to see things that they cannot see at home. So, if you take them into a traditional children’s museum and they are seeing the same grocery store with plastic food and items that they might actually play with at home, it’s not as engaging of an experience. We have this rule of thumb that anything that’s in the museum would not be something that you would expect to have at home. We are trying to spark imagination, spark curiosity and really inspire the children through the experience.

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What can families expect when they visit?
Everything that we’re doing is theme focused. We’re trying to teach STEM through the integration of the arts throughout the experience. We will be the first children’s museum that’s also a science center and a children’s museum in one. We’re really creating a full, family engagement experience. We’re trying to reach children up to the age of 12 with our learning objectives, so that this is an experience that an entire family can come and enjoy together.

Why is it important to have a children’s museum here?
Washington, right now, is the only major city in America without a children’s museum, so while we have this amazing cultural landscape of federal institutions under the Smithsonian umbrella, many of those institutions are collection space. For young learners, they’re not able to have those hands-on learning experiences that really resonate with a younger child. We also right now are the only major city without a science and technology center, so this is so incredibly important for Washington’s kids. You need a place where you’re engaging them in hands-on STEM content before they reach an age where they start to lose interest. There’s tons of research around children losing interest in STEM at the age of 12, so if you don’t hook them earlier, you miss that opportunity to inspire these young innovators. It’s vitally important that we have this space here in Washington, and we’re very excited about the opportunity of really merging the worlds of a science center and a children’s museum in one for our nation’s capital.

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What is the mission of National Children’s Museum?
Our mission hasn’t changed [from when it was Capital Children’s Museum]. Our mission is to inspire children to care about and change the world. We can’t really think of a better mission than that. Since our mission is to inspire these children, that’s why we believe we need to do things that are different than what they would find at home or at school or in their community center. When they go into this museum it can spark something in them that really inspires them to do something special, and makes them believe they can be innovative and do innovative things. We’re very, very excited to get our doors open for this new generation. // 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

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12-year-old Mahsa Riar combines design with innovation to create affordable prosthetics

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Mahsa Riar’s road to becoming an inventor began when she was still in elementary school. “When I was in fourth grade, I had read about 3D printing and I came to my parents and asked if they could get me one,” says Mahsa. “They eventually got me one and I started printing whatever I could think of, miniature models, jewelry, trinkets, anything.”

Her friends got wind of her new hobby and asked her to print jewelry for them. Those requests became a business, 3D Cool Prints, and perhaps she would have remained an innovative jewelry designer if it wasn’t for a book she read the following summer.

“I read a book about a girl who had lost her leg in an accident and she couldn’t afford a prosthetic, and this really touched me,” recalls Mahsa. “I thought, what if I could take the business I already had, 3D Cool Prints, to the next level?”

And Limitless Limb was born.

With the help of her father’s friend, who is an orthopedic surgeon, she studied how to make a prosthetic and worked to design one that could be printable using biodegradable PLA Plastics. The total cost to make one? The price starts at just $50—a significant savings over a traditional prosthetic, which can run anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000, depending on the limb and materials used.

In March, she took home top honors at an investor’s pitch panel that was part of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Young Entrepreneurs Academy. It was there that Mahsa was assigned a mentor and learned how to take her idea from concept to a viable business.

This summer, she’s been reaching out to local doctors’ offices, prosthetic programs and even summer camps that work with kids with prosthetics to try and find patients in need of her invention. She’s already received some interest and she hopes she’ll have her first patient soon.

A designer at heart, Mahsa says she’d like to be an architect when she grows up (“I’ve always loved HGTV.”), but, for now, she’s focused on building her business.

Her advice to other young inventors?

“I’d tell them to pick a business that they’re passionate about because if they’re not passionate about it, then they’ll never get anywhere with it,” she says. “And sell the problem they solve, not the product.”

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Should we be preparing to kill and dissect alien life?

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Following the recent government revelations about Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) in our military airspace, there’s been a fair amount of debate going on as to what the next steps are going to be. A while back I looked at an essay from Daniel Drezner where he identified two questions we need to address. The first and most obvious one deals with figuring out what the hell these phenomenal flying objects actually are. But the second question looming on the horizon deals with the eventual need to figure out who built them.

We’re still not close to answering that one and it’s too soon for anyone to definitively say they came from some distant star system. But that possibility is unavoidable for many who are debating the topic and some feel we need to be ready to tackle the question of what we’re going to do if actual extraterrestrials show up at the door. (Assuming they’re not already here.) A recent article at Futurism offers one suggestion recently put forward by science author Guy Harrison. We may need to steel ourselves to the unpleasant prospect of killing some of these aliens and dissecting them so we can understand who we’re dealing with.

Scientists often kill animals — that’s just a grisly fact of biological research.

But it’s a bit more complicated in the theoretical future where we’ve made first contact with extraterrestrial life. At that point, science author Guy Harrison argues in a Psychology Today op-ed that biologists may have to come to terms with killing alien life in the name of scientific progress — which raises a difficult question: at what point does scientific inquiry outweigh the value of life?

Harrison suggests guidelines that future biologists may find helpful. For instance, any extraterrestrial life that shows signs of intelligence ought to be spared. In that case, we may be able to learn about the alien lifeform by using our words instead of our scalpels.

Allow me to express the same sentiment here that I offered up on social media this weekend. Just in case any of our new, incoming alien overlords happen to be listening or reading this debate, may I just remind them of one thing?

THIS JACKWAGON DOES NOT SPEAK FOR ALL OF US.

I, for one, welcome our new alien zookeepers, and if you need any help dragging Mr. Harrison up against the wall, I’m your man.

All kidding aside, the idea of killing and dissecting an extraterrestrial depends heavily on your ability to actually get your hands on one and not die in the process. To his credit, Harrison does give a nod to “sparing” any ETs that seem intelligent, as well as the idea that we may be completely incapable of taking them down.

That brings us to the second recent topic of debate. There have been additional suggestions making the rounds, opining that we may need to have some of our fighter jets shoot down one of the tic-tacs or glowing orbs so we can analyze what we’re up against.

Not to put too fine of a point on this, but… are you freaking kidding me? If they were able to cross the interstellar void and arrive here in ships that are capable of simply embarrassing the best military technology we have in the skies, what on Earth makes you think they wouldn’t have us massively outgunned in terms of offensive weaponry as well? I’m picturing two aliens inside one of the tic-tacs shortly after one of our F-22A fighters unleashes a hellfire missile against them. “You mean we traveled 67 light-years to get here and you forgot to bring the guns?”

Shooting at one of these things absent some move of aggression on their part just sounds like an extraordinarily bad idea. Life isn’t like the movies and this isn’t Independence Day. Besides, we don’t even know if there are any biological entities inside these objects. They might just be vastly intelligent drones. And if they’re inclined to shoot back it just seems like it could go very badly for us.

You know, there’s long been a theory among conspiracy enthusiasts that the government knows all about aliens and UFOs, but they don’t tell the public because they fear we couldn’t handle the truth. I’ve always laughed at that idea. It might have been true in the pre-industrial era, but this is the generation of the internet. We can generally handle pretty much anything, right? Maybe I was wrong all along. If our first collective impulse is going to be to attack them and try to dissect them, maybe we’re not really ready after all.

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Everything you need to know about migraine prevention

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The last month of summer is a time for adjustment. From youngsters starting school to the air becoming even more humid, the environment around us is changing, which can have both positive and negative effects on our well-being. 

This time of change can affect our brains, too, especially in the case of migraines, according to neurologist Tracy V. Fulton M.D. of Integrated Neurology Services, a practice with locations throughout Northern Virginia, including Reston, Falls Church, Alexandria and Lorton.

Migraines are no ordinary headache, in that they have a wide array of painful symptoms, ranging from nausea to acute sensitivity to sound, smell and light. While they differ for each individual, migraines are the third-most prevalent illness in the world, affecting about 12% of the U.S. population, according to the Migraine Research Foundation

Researchers throughout the globe are constantly untangling the cause, as well as finding more effective treatments for migraines. In July, an issue of The New England Journal of Medicine released results from its large-scale trial of a drug called Rimegepant, which “may be effective in acute migraine treatment.” 

Plus, here in NoVA, some individuals are taking a different approach to studying the illness, including Margaret Slavin, Ph.D., who is an associate professor of nutrition and food studies at George Mason University.  

“We’ve looked at dietary intake of the vitamins magnesium and riboflavin in the U.S. population and have found that diets high in those nutrients are associated with a lower risk of migraines,” says Slavin.  

While plenty of research shows supplements with these two ingredients are effective, Slavin and her team are attempting to look at how people’s food intake differs on days with headache symptoms and days without. 

There is currently no cure for these recurring headaches and the research will continue. Yet, until a resolution is found, Dr. Fulton shares everything you need to know about who gets migraines, how to prevent them and exactly how to cope, below. 

Why is it that some people get migraines more frequently than others?
Well, it is more common in women than men and tends to have its onset when people are in their young 20s. And while there’s probably a little bit of a genetic component, it is highly environmental, too. There are a couple of different genes that work together, and then an environmental trigger typically causes it. So, sometimes a few people in a family can have it and other times there is just one individual who happens to suffer from migraines.

Talk to me about what exactly causes recurring headaches and how people can avoid getting them.
Everybody’s trigger is going to be personal. Some common triggers are changes in sleep patterns, including not having enough and also changing a sleep schedule, any drops in blood sugar, environmental changes in the weather … and then stress is probably the number one cause. For some women, the drop in estrogen when they are on their period can be a trigger, too.

Many people say there are different foods that can be triggers, as well, like red wine or monosodium glutamate (MSG), but honestly, I wouldn’t say there’s one food that triggers migraines for people. The list online is pretty much all food, but if you see a trend then I would recommend decreasing frequency with that specific product or item. 

It’s essential to have a regular sleep schedule, keep an eye on your blood sugar and try healthy ways to cope with stress, whether that’s exercise or having good social support. If you’re interested in non-grade perspective medicine, studies show magnesium and riboflavin are helpful.

What do you recommend for treatment?
There are two types of treatment. There’s prevention medicine and then there’s rescue medicine. If rescue medicine like the over-the-counter medicine, like ibuprofen, isn’t cutting it, then you can see a neurologist or internal medicine doctor to get a prescription medication. The largest family is the triptin family, those are probably the most popular. I would recommend prevention medicine for anyone who has more than four migraines a month, and that’s because if you use too much rescue medicine, that can lead to medication overuse headache

For people who have more than four migraines a month—say you have 15 headaches a month and eight of those reach migraine criteria—then you would be eligible for Botox. It is shown to decrease migraines. It’s a series of injections done every three months and in the first round, about 40% of people get relief and in the second round another 20%, then another 10% at the third.

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