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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.
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

Good dietary practices in early adulthood can help preserve brain health in midlife

Good dietary practices in early adulthood can help preserve brain health in midlife

Sleep apnea may be related to higher accumulation of Alzheimer's biomarker in the brain

Sleep apnea may be related to higher accumulation of Alzheimer's biomarker in the brain

Researchers use optogenetic tool to control, visualize receptor signals in neural cells

Researchers use optogenetic tool to control, visualize receptor signals in neural cells

Study finds underutilization of aspirin to prevent colorectal cancer in high risk patients

Study finds underutilization of aspirin to prevent colorectal cancer in high risk patients

Onset of migraine with aura before age of 50 not linked to risk of ischemic stroke

Onset of migraine with aura before age of 50 not linked to risk of ischemic stroke

Research reveals risk for developing more than one mental health disorder

Research reveals risk for developing more than one mental health disorder

Study explains why some drugs work well in ameliorating side effects of chemotherapy

Study explains why some drugs work well in ameliorating side effects of chemotherapy

MUSC researchers uncover a new cause for laryngeal symptoms

MUSC researchers uncover a new cause for laryngeal symptoms

Study finds risk factors linked to REM sleep behavior disorder

Study finds risk factors linked to REM sleep behavior disorder

Study shows alcoholic beverages can trigger migraines

Study shows alcoholic beverages can trigger migraines