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HEADFIRST – Newsletter/February 2020

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Headache May Be Risk Factor For Dementia

Headache May Be Risk Factor For Dementia

A recent study from Norway indicates that headache is a risk factor for developing dementia. Compared to people without headache, individuals in this large population-based study with any type of headache, whether migraine, or non-migraine, were 2.3 times more likely…

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Vitamin D Levels Not Linked to Migraine, Study Says

Vitamin D Levels Not Linked to Migraine, Study Says

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many health disorders, ranging from cancer to cardiovascular disease, but there appears to be no association between levels of Vitamin D and migraine or headache severity, according to a new study. Prior research…

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Migraine With Aura Linked to all Stroke Types

Migraine With Aura Linked to all Stroke Types

Migraine with aura is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and now research indicates that the disorder increases the risk of all types of stroke. Previously, migraine with aura had been linked to an increased risk of ischemic stroke…

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Migraine With Aura Raises Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Migraine With Aura Raises Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Women who experience migraine with aura are at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke, according to new research. In the latest study on this subject, researchers followed 27,860 women enrolled in the Women’s Health Study…

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Opioid Treatment of Migraine Is Associated with Multiple Risks

Opioid Treatment of Migraine Is Associated with Multiple Risks

The use of opioid medications for treating acute migraine is controversial. Drugs in this class are not considered first-line treatment for migraine but are prescribed for many migraineurs to eliminate the pain of an acute attack. Well-known risks associated with…

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Childhood Abuse Raises Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Childhood Abuse Raises Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

A team of researchers that has been studying the relationship between childhood abuse and migraine has found another ramification of early mistreatment—migraineurs who were victims of abuse or neglect have an increased risk for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease. The researchers,…

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People With Migraine Urged to Reduce Heart Disease Risks

People With Migraine Urged to Reduce Heart Disease Risks

  People living with migraine disease have a higher risk for not only cardiovascular disease, but for related problems including diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This finding, reported in the online version of Neurology, is true for migraineurs…

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Women With Migraine Disease Prone to Aspirin-Resistance

Women With Migraine Disease Prone to Aspirin-Resistance

While people living with migraine have been found to have an increased risk for stroke and cardiovascular disease, many may not be able to take advantage of a commonly-used prevention strategy—taking daily doses of aspirin. Low-dose aspirin can help reduce…

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Oxygen Proved Beneficial for Cluster Headache

Oxygen Proved Beneficial for Cluster Headache

The data bears it out—oxygen is a cluster headache sufferer’s friend. While inhaling high doses of oxygen has been used as a first-line treatment for this excruciating condition for some time, its benefits were only recently proven in a high-quality,…

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Migraine May Be Linked to Higher Rate of Developing Blood Clots

Migraine May Be Linked to Higher Rate of Developing Blood Clots

A recent Italian study has contributed yet more understanding to the link between migraines and cardiovascular disease, easing one fear, but raising another. Previously, researchers thought that migraine might be associated with atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. It appears,…

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