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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.
Migraine attacks may actively protect and repair the brain from oxidative stress

Migraine attacks may actively protect and repair the brain from oxidative stress

Study: People with anxiety, depression experience more frequent migraines

Study: People with anxiety, depression experience more frequent migraines

Report: Global burden of neurological disorders in today’s world

Report: Global burden of neurological disorders in today’s world

Researchers find significant increase in risk factors among people with stroke

Researchers find significant increase in risk factors among people with stroke

Survey: Migraine affects work productivity, relationships, and employment of sufferers

Survey: Migraine affects work productivity, relationships, and employment of sufferers

Women with high blood pressure in their 40s may more likely develop dementia later

Women with high blood pressure in their 40s may more likely develop dementia later

Caffeine may not relieve movement symptoms for people with Parkinson's

Caffeine may not relieve movement symptoms for people with Parkinson's

Temporomandibular disorder may increase frequency and severity of chronic migraine

Temporomandibular disorder may increase frequency and severity of chronic migraine

People with high and low magnesium levels in blood may have increased risk of dementia

People with high and low magnesium levels in blood may have increased risk of dementia

Eli Lilly to lay off 8.5 percent of employees in bid to cut costs

Eli Lilly to lay off 8.5 percent of employees in bid to cut costs

Antidepressants used for chronic pain relief come with significant side effects

Antidepressants used for chronic pain relief come with significant side effects

Genetics of circadian rhythms found to have effect on migraine

Genetics of circadian rhythms found to have effect on migraine

Study finds virus that causes mononucleosis could raise risk of multiple sclerosis

Study finds virus that causes mononucleosis could raise risk of multiple sclerosis

Study: Telemedicine may be as effective as in-person care for people with Parkinson's disease

Study: Telemedicine may be as effective as in-person care for people with Parkinson's disease

Research highlights need for expert treatment to manage subarachnoid hemorrhages

Research highlights need for expert treatment to manage subarachnoid hemorrhages

Study finds decline in stroke rates for men but not women

Study finds decline in stroke rates for men but not women

Botulinum neurotoxin type X holds potential to open up new field of toxin therapeutics

Botulinum neurotoxin type X holds potential to open up new field of toxin therapeutics

Researchers develop new scoring method to predict bleeding risk after stroke

Researchers develop new scoring method to predict bleeding risk after stroke

New method may help distinguish frontotemporal dementia from Alzheimer's disease

New method may help distinguish frontotemporal dementia from Alzheimer's disease

Study finds markers of long-term brain injury in the blood of boxers and fighters

Study finds markers of long-term brain injury in the blood of boxers and fighters