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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.
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

Chemical changes in the brain may be associated with unexplained motor symptoms

Chemical changes in the brain may be associated with unexplained motor symptoms

Study investigates if remote ischemic preconditioning could be beneficial to the brain

Study investigates if remote ischemic preconditioning could be beneficial to the brain

Women experiencing minor stroke are less likely to be diagnosed than men

Women experiencing minor stroke are less likely to be diagnosed than men

People with bipolar disorder more likely to later develop Parkinson's disease

People with bipolar disorder more likely to later develop Parkinson's disease

Opioid overdose found to be most common cause of pregnancy-associated death in new moms

Opioid overdose found to be most common cause of pregnancy-associated death in new moms

Migraines linked with increased risk of pregnancy complications

Migraines linked with increased risk of pregnancy complications

Psychosocial difficulties related to brain disorders much more similar than expected

Psychosocial difficulties related to brain disorders much more similar than expected

Research may help explain why migraine is more common in women than men

Research may help explain why migraine is more common in women than men

Canadian study finds higher prevalence of suicide attempts among individuals with migraines

Canadian study finds higher prevalence of suicide attempts among individuals with migraines

New migraine-associated mechanism discovered

New migraine-associated mechanism discovered

Purdue engineers develop tiny glutamate sensors for spinal cord injuries

Purdue engineers develop tiny glutamate sensors for spinal cord injuries

Weight loss in obese migraine sufferers can improve their quality of life

Weight loss in obese migraine sufferers can improve their quality of life

Painkillers taken by pregnant mothers unlikely to cause asthma in the child

Painkillers taken by pregnant mothers unlikely to cause asthma in the child

Taking painkillers during pregnancy is not responsible for asthma risk in children, study shows

Taking painkillers during pregnancy is not responsible for asthma risk in children, study shows