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  1. Migraine Doctors in Short Supply Across U.S.

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- There are too few migraine headache specialists in the United States, a new study finds. Migraines affect about 36 million Americans over age 12 (more than 11 percent of the population). That's more than the number affected by a

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  2. Acute Migraines More Apt to Turn Chronic With Poor Treatment

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- People who receive inadequate treatment for acute migraine headaches are more likely to develop chronic migraines, according to a new study. Researchers looked at data from more than 4,600 people with episodic migraines (14 or f

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  3. Migraine Sufferers Face Significant Stigma: Study

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- Those who get migraines have to deal not only with the pain, which can be disabling, but the stigma caused by others who tend to discount the impact of the debilitating headaches, a new study shows. "We were able to validate

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  4. Migraine With Aura May Be Tied to All Stroke Types

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have migraine headaches with aura are at increased risk for stroke, a new study indicates. Migraine with aura is a migraine that's preceded or accompanied by visual effects such as flashes of light or blind spots, o

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  5. Migraine, Chronic Back Pain Tied to Suicide Risk

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- People who endure chronic migraines or back pain are more likely to attempt suicide, whether or not they also suffer from depression or another psychiatric condition, according to a new study. "Clinicians who are seeing pati

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  6. Having Both Migraines, Depression May Mean Smaller Brain

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- Migraines and depression can each cause a great deal of suffering, but new research indicates the combination of the two may be linked to something else entirely -- a smaller brain. Already aware that people with migraines f

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  7. Drugs Can Sometimes Prevent Migraines, at a Cost

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 29 (HealthDay News) -- People with severe or frequent migraines often turn to drugs to prevent them. But do the medications work? A new review of preventive treatments shows there is not much difference in the effectiveness of commonly prescri

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  8. Colic May Be Linked to Childhood Migraine

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) -- Although colic has always been considered a gastrointestinal illness, new research suggests that migraines might be to blame. The study, published April 17 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found the odds wer

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  9. Brain Differences Seen in People With Migraines

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) -- People who suffer migraines may have certain structural differences in pain-related areas of the brain, a new study suggests. Using MRI scans, researchers found that in specific brain regions related to pain processing, migraine

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  10. Nerve-Stimulating Device Might Ease Migraines

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Migraine sufferers in search of a non-medicinal alternative for relief may be encouraged by new Belgian research that suggests that 20 minutes a day of nerve stimulation might cut back on the frequency of attacks. The finding ste

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