Migraine News and Research

RSS
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 study explains why women get more migraines than men

New study explains why women get more migraines than men

FDA approves first vaginal ring contraceptive that can be used for one year

FDA approves first vaginal ring contraceptive that can be used for one year

New guideline released to improve diagnosis, care for people with prolonged disorders of consciousness

New guideline released to improve diagnosis, care for people with prolonged disorders of consciousness

Folic acid may prevent language delays in children of mothers with epilepsy

Folic acid may prevent language delays in children of mothers with epilepsy

Woman's pregnancy history may be linked to Alzheimer's disease risk

Woman's pregnancy history may be linked to Alzheimer's disease risk

New study documents symptoms of people before they acquire multiple sclerosis

New study documents symptoms of people before they acquire multiple sclerosis

Delivery of thrombolytic treatment for stroke in Helsinki beats expectations

Delivery of thrombolytic treatment for stroke in Helsinki beats expectations

Athletes with ADHD may be at greater risk for anxiety and depression after concussion

Athletes with ADHD may be at greater risk for anxiety and depression after concussion

Study: Higher blood pressure in older people could lead to brain disease and Alzheimer's

Study: Higher blood pressure in older people could lead to brain disease and Alzheimer's

Soccer headers more likely to have balance problems

Soccer headers more likely to have balance problems

Smartphone headache apps pose privacy risks, study finds

Smartphone headache apps pose privacy risks, study finds

People with exposure to paint or other solvents more likely to develop MS

People with exposure to paint or other solvents more likely to develop MS

Neurologist suggests maintaining a headache diary to determine and avoid migraine triggers

Neurologist suggests maintaining a headache diary to determine and avoid migraine triggers

More knowledge needed to better understand women's health, says medical doctor

More knowledge needed to better understand women's health, says medical doctor

Estrogen may also play a role in migraine for men

Estrogen may also play a role in migraine for men

Researchers identify electrical activity in the brain specific to the start of migraine

Researchers identify electrical activity in the brain specific to the start of migraine

Research provides new target to help treat chemotherapy-induced diarrhea

Research provides new target to help treat chemotherapy-induced diarrhea

Researchers discover shared genetic basis for psychiatric disorders

Researchers discover shared genetic basis for psychiatric disorders

Massive analysis of genomes reveals insights into genetic overlap among psychiatric diseases

Massive analysis of genomes reveals insights into genetic overlap among psychiatric diseases

Impulse control disorders found to be more common in people taking Parkinson's drugs

Impulse control disorders found to be more common in people taking Parkinson's drugs