The study reports that although migraines are linked to some health issues, such as a higher risk for stroke, there is positive health news that’s come out in regard to the brain’s deterioration.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 16, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a brand new study in the famous British Medical Journal that has found some good news regarding the very bad migraine headache. It seems that migraines are not linked to cognitive decline and dementia, as was previously believed.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/pain-articles/good-news-for-migraine-sufferers), migraines affect an undetermined number of people, but it is certainly substantial. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which authored the study, suggests that about 20% of American women suffer migraines. Despite this high rate of occurrence, there is a lot that is still unknown about the debilitating headache.
The study reports that although migraines are linked to some health issues, such as a higher risk for stroke, there is positive health news that’s come out in regard to the brain’s deterioration. Researchers have found that migraines are not linked to cognitive decline, the most famous culprit of which is Alzheimer’s disease.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “Good News for Migraine Sufferers,” reports that in the past, the link has been murky. The article argues smaller studies couldn’t find a link, but they were not high-quality enough to trust. Now along comes a good, solid study in a reputable journal, it reads. This should help put any migraine sufferer’s worries to bed: while a migraine hurts like heck and is intensely aggravating, it won’t lead to dementia. And it does not affect the memory of cognitive processing skills.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that the news comes from the famous “Women’s Health Study” that provides a large sampling of women who yield interesting medical insight. It counts about 40,000 women over 45 years old. For this study on migraines, the researchers extracted a sample of more than 6,300 women, who were tested for migraine status at the beginning, and then cognitive abilities later on.
The women either had no history of migraine or migraine with aura, or had a past history of headaches. Aura means there are strange symptoms in the visual field, which are being sent down from the brain.
The study found that women with migraines, whether they had aura or not, did not have significantly different rates of cognitive decline from women who had no history of migraine. This should serve, the research team notes, to reassure migraine sufferers that there doesn’t appear to be consequences on cognitive function as the years roll by.
(SOURCE: BMJ, 2012; 345: e5027.)
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