Thursday, May 03, 2007

migraine news roundup 30

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Last week all the buzz about migraines was the news that migraineurs may experience less memory loss as they age than non-migraineurs. This week, the brain damage suffered by migraineurs has taken center stage. Not that this is particularly new information, mind you. In the past couple of years, the brain damage story has come up periodically.

Migraines may be tied to brain damage
People with migraines also may be suffering from some brain damage as brain cells swell and become starved of oxygen — a finding that may help explain why migraine sufferers have a higher risk of stroke, researchers reported on Sunday.
Similar brain damage can occur with concussions and after strokes, the researchers said in this week’s issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience.
They said their findings suggest that migraine sufferers should not simply get pain relief but should take drugs that prevent the migraine.

Migraineurs have increased risk of stroke and heart disease during pregnancy.

Migraines During Pregnancy Linked To Stroke And Other Vascular Diseases
The study found women treated for migraines during pregnancy were 19 times more likely to suffer a stroke, five times more likely to have a heart attack and more than twice as likely to have heart disease, blood clots and other vascular problems.
"Women with persistent migraine during pregnancy should be aware of their risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, history of blood clots, heart disease, and prior stroke," said study author Cheryl Bushnell, MD, with Duke University in Durham, NC, and Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.

So much to look forward to.

And if you are the parent of a teen with migraines, please take notice of this news:

Teens With Migraines at Greater Risk of Suicide
Teens with chronic daily headache, especially those with migraines, are at increased risk for psychiatric disorders, depression and suicide, a Taiwanese study finds.

The researchers defined chronic daily headache as headaches on 15 or more days a month that last for two or more hours a day, for more than three months. Migraine is a type of chronic daily headache.
In this study, published in the May 1 issue of Neurology, the researchers surveyed 7,900 students, aged 12 to 14, and identified 121 teens with chronic daily headaches, who were then screened for psychiatric disorders.
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