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A migraine is a severe headache causing pain in the front or side of the head.

In the UK, migraines affect about 15% of the population and the headaches are three times more common among women than men. Migraines usually first start in young adulthood but it is possible for the headaches to start later in life.

There are several different types of migraine but the most common are migraines with aura and those without aura. Aura is the term used to describe warning signs that occur just before the migraine starts such as visual problems (e.g. flashing lights) or stiffness in the neck and shoulders. Less commonly, a migraine without a headache occurs where only aura or other migraine symptoms are experienced, but no headache actually develops.

Severe migraines can be disabling and very distressing with sufferers needing to stay in bed for days at a time and therefore sometimes having to be absent at school or work.

It’s not fully understood what causes migraines, but common triggers of the condition include stress, disrupted sleep pattern and tiredness, poor posture, certain foods or drink such as chocolate, cheese, and caffeine, loud noises, bright or flickering light, and dehydration.
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Brain changes may help track people most likely to develop dementia

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Two-thirds of women over 40 suffer from bladder leakage, research shows

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Higher levels of serotonin after a seizure linked to lower incidence of breathing problems

AAN publishes new guideline on vaccinations for people with multiple sclerosis

AAN publishes new guideline on vaccinations for people with multiple sclerosis

New AAN guidelines includes recommendations for treatment of migraine in children, teens

New AAN guidelines includes recommendations for treatment of migraine in children, teens

Study investigates association between migraine diagnoses and dementia

Study investigates association between migraine diagnoses and dementia

Nerve-releasing surgery relieves chronic migraine headaches for some patients

Nerve-releasing surgery relieves chronic migraine headaches for some patients

Study evaluates role of caffeinated beverages as a potential trigger of migraine

Study evaluates role of caffeinated beverages as a potential trigger of migraine

Survey shows increasing use of opioids to treat migraine headaches

Survey shows increasing use of opioids to treat migraine headaches

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Advanced sleep phase may affect at least 1 in 300 adults, study reveals

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Low or high levels of hemoglobin may increase risk of dementia

Bigger waists and higher BMI in 60s may be linked to greater brain aging years later

Bigger waists and higher BMI in 60s may be linked to greater brain aging years later

ADHD in athletes may be linked to longer recovery time from concussions

ADHD in athletes may be linked to longer recovery time from concussions

Defective potassium channels linked only with headaches, not body pain

Defective potassium channels linked only with headaches, not body pain

New drug for acute migraine shows promising results in a large-scale trial

New drug for acute migraine shows promising results in a large-scale trial

Mentally stimulating activities linked to lower risk or delay of age-related memory loss

Mentally stimulating activities linked to lower risk or delay of age-related memory loss

Study: Biomarkers in the blood may help predict recovery time after concussion

Study: Biomarkers in the blood may help predict recovery time after concussion

Study finds link between high BMI and lower risk of ALS

Study finds link between high BMI and lower risk of ALS

Pregnant women with migraine more often have complications during pregnancy and childbirth

Pregnant women with migraine more often have complications during pregnancy and childbirth

Study shows risk of sudden death may apply even to people with well-controlled epilepsy

Study shows risk of sudden death may apply even to people with well-controlled epilepsy