Biomarker is a term that is frequently used when talking about migraine research and is an important word for migraineurs to understand.
When we’re looking at migraine and headache information, whether it’s from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing. Sometimes, it’s easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term. At other times, substituting just doesn’t convey quite the same meaning or takes more than a few words.
Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I’ll be posting a “term of the day,” probably a couple of times a week. If there are terms you’d like to have defined, please leave a comment to let me know what it is.
Today’s Term: Biomarkeefinition:
A biomarker is a distinctive biological or biologically derived indicator of a process, event, or condition.
Used in a Sentence:** Biomarkers** are important to disease diagnosis.
One of the reasons for a lack of diagnostic tests to definitively diagnose migraine has been a lack of standard biomarkers. Recent research may well lead to diagnostic tests for migraine based on biomarkers in blood or cerebrospinal fluid.
For more terms, see our Migraine Medical Terms Glossary Index.
“Biomarker.” Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary
_Reviewed by David Watson, MD. _
Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.