Migraine Headaches | Imperfect Understanding

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MIGRAINE HEADACHES | Imperfect Understanding  Our understanding of migraine headaches in currently imperfect.  While headache remains the most recognizable symptom of a migraine attack, it represents only one part of the disease process.  Migraine headaches typically incapacitate the sufferer, disrupt other activities and demand immediate attention.  Among people between ages 15-49, migraine represents the third leading cause of disability. Although middle aged women bear the brunt of this disease, it tends to begin during late childhood affecting up to 10-15% of adolescents.  As many as 1 in 6 women develop migraines; among men the incidence is 1 in 12.  Overall 36 million Americans experience periodic migraine attacks.  The incidence and severity of attacks tend to peak around age 40 with a flare during the peri-menopausal years.  Infrequently the condition begins after…
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