May 11, 2015 Each year more than 12 million Americans go to the doctor because of severe, chronic headaches. Many are sent for expensive tests. Researchers say all this testing isn't doing people much good.
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A sudden, severe headache or dizziness could be a migraine, but along with with slurred speech or facial drooping, might also be a sign of stroke.
April 5, 2014 About 13 percent of people admitted to hospitals with a stroke diagnosis had visited the ER weeks earlier with complaints of headaches and dizziness that doctors mistakenly thought benign.
The sci-fi Cefaly headband puts an electrode firmly against the forehead to help reduce the frequency of migraines.
March 13, 2014 The battery-powered device sends electrical pulses through the skin of the forehead. People who used the headband in a study had fewer migraines and took less headache medicine.
August 30, 2013 All people have brain abnormalities, but people with migraines are more likely to have ones similar to tiny strokes, a study finds. That's particularly true for people who have migraines with aura. The changes may explain why people with migraines have a higher risk of stroke.
Bates experienced migraines as a child. She made this painting to depict how they felt to her.
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May 1, 2013 Disruptions of sleep are well known as migraine triggers, but now researchers have found a genetic link between the two. In studying families with lots of migraines, they also found a mutation on a gene that helps control circadian rhythms.
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A promising crop of new migraine treatments could alleviate the suffering of millions of Americans.
June 25, 2012 Preventive treatment can reduce migraines by 50 percent, but few migraine sufferers use the drugs. Now the American Academy of Neurology is trying to help physicians treat migraine patients to reduce both frequency and severity of headaches.
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A vintage ad for a headache remedy plays to women.
The National Library of Medicine
April 16, 2012 These debilitating, painful headaches affect three times more women than men. Migraines play out as a wave of electrical activity travels across the brain. Hormones can provide a trigger.
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