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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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Novartis: Lancet publishes pioneering study of Aimovig’s efficacy in episodic migraine patients

New patient-centric website launched in Europe to empower people with chronic conditions

New patient-centric website launched in Europe to empower people with chronic conditions

Teva announces European launch of patient-centric website

Teva announces European launch of patient-centric website

Common gene variants linked to migraine risk in African-American children

Common gene variants linked to migraine risk in African-American children

Pilot study shows how migraine can be treated without medicine

Pilot study shows how migraine can be treated without medicine

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Scientists find alterations in blood flow in response to body position change

FDA approves Teva’s AJOVY injection for preventive treatment of migraine in adults

FDA approves Teva’s AJOVY injection for preventive treatment of migraine in adults

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Medical marijuana may alter brain connections to provide relief from chronic nerve pain

Medical marijuana may alter brain connections to provide relief from chronic nerve pain

Report highlights need to examine, address how migraine differs between women and men

Report highlights need to examine, address how migraine differs between women and men

SMA treatment may be effective even if started in children seven months and older

SMA treatment may be effective even if started in children seven months and older

Scientists reveal novel brain network linked to pain in Parkinsonism

Scientists reveal novel brain network linked to pain in Parkinsonism

Electrical stimulation of the brain may help treat symptoms of neurodegenerative ataxias

Electrical stimulation of the brain may help treat symptoms of neurodegenerative ataxias

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Groundbreaking study finds certain brain disorders are genetically related

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New technique enables people with spinal-cord injuries to restore significant bladder control

Global study shows that certain brain disorders are genetically related

Global study shows that certain brain disorders are genetically related

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Research provides drug developers with much needed insight into serotonin receptor

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FDA approves marketing of brainsway deep transcranial magnetic stimulation system for OCD

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Research uncovers miscarriage cause, identifies potential targets for treatment

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Study shows link between thinning of the retina and early sign of Parkinson's disease