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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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Neurologists identify new type of vertigo

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Study shows link between better diet quality and larger brain volume

Musician Huey Lewis's struggle shines spotlight on Ménière's disease

Musician Huey Lewis's struggle shines spotlight on Ménière's disease

Researchers find link between depression and memory problems, brain aging

Researchers find link between depression and memory problems, brain aging

Frequent saunas may have beneficial effects on vascular health

Frequent saunas may have beneficial effects on vascular health

New report reveals socioeconomic impact of migraine in the UK

New report reveals socioeconomic impact of migraine in the UK

Accelerator Life Science Partners launches new company to develop novel therapy for seizure disorders

Accelerator Life Science Partners launches new company to develop novel therapy for seizure disorders

Study shows link between restless legs syndrome symptoms and brain structure

Study shows link between restless legs syndrome symptoms and brain structure

Study uncovers possible source of gender differences in migraines

Study uncovers possible source of gender differences in migraines

New non-invasive nerve stimulation may offer relief for people with hand tremor

New non-invasive nerve stimulation may offer relief for people with hand tremor

Investigational drug may help increase protein levels in babies with spinal muscular atrophy

Investigational drug may help increase protein levels in babies with spinal muscular atrophy

People diagnosed with traumatic brain injury may have increased risk of Parkinson's disease, shows study

People diagnosed with traumatic brain injury may have increased risk of Parkinson's disease, shows study

New drug for migraine in the pipeline

New drug for migraine in the pipeline

Study explores relationship between age at menopause and memory

Study explores relationship between age at menopause and memory

Parkinson's patients who show depression symptoms may actually have demoralization, study says

Parkinson's patients who show depression symptoms may actually have demoralization, study says

Study provides broader picture of problems faced by stroke victims

Study provides broader picture of problems faced by stroke victims

Menopausal hormone therapy taken soon after menopause may benefit the brain

Menopausal hormone therapy taken soon after menopause may benefit the brain

NMSU researchers publish findings on effective measures to remedy stress among adolescents

NMSU researchers publish findings on effective measures to remedy stress among adolescents

Patients on replacement therapy with thyroid hormone may have more comorbidities

Patients on replacement therapy with thyroid hormone may have more comorbidities

Women with high physical fitness at middle age 90% less likely to develop dementia

Women with high physical fitness at middle age 90% less likely to develop dementia