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Mid-Life Stroke More Common in Women than Men

Pet_strokeMany Migraineurs have become aware that having Migraine disease increases our risk of stroke. In women with Migraine, there is an average of 2.16 times greater risk of stroke. An increase in cardiovascular events, including stroke, in men with Migraine has also been established. A new study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, provides more incentive for female Migraineurs to manage their Migraine disease and stoke risk factors.

According to a study published June 20, 2007, in the online edition of Neurology®, more women than men appear to be having a stroke in middle age. Researchers say heart disease and increased waist size may be contributing to this apparent mid-life stroke surge among women.

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National Awareness Week - Seven Healthy Habits of Headache and Migraine Sufferers

Nhf7hhsponsor_1smlIn observance of the 14th annual National Headache Awareness Week (NHAW), June 3 -9, the National Headache Foundation (NHF) is focusing attention on Seven Healthy Habits of Headache Sufferers. National Headache Awareness Week is an effort to provide practical advice to headache and Migraine sufferers to help reduce headache and Migraine risk and live life more fully when affected by headaches and Migraine disease.

The Seven Healthy Habits of Headache Sufferers include the following tips that can be easily incorporated in sufferers’ lives...

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Returning Iraq War Veterans, Migraine, and Depression

Soldier_iraq_sunIn 2000, results of studies in the United States, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands showed that 47% of Migraineurs are affected by depression as compared to 17% of the general population.

Now, research presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 59th Annual Meeting in Boston, April 28 – May 5, 2007, demonstrated that soldiers returning from combat in Iraq who have Migraine disease are more than twice as likely to also have symptoms of post-traumatic stress, depression or anxiety than soldiers who do not have Migraines...

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Dehydration – an Avoidable Migraine Trigger

Dehydration_waterThe human body is 65% water. Simply put, dehydration occurs as the result of excessive loss of water from the body, when we lose more water than we take in. It's a bit more complicated than that since the body loses valuable electrolytes as well. That's why sports drinks have become so popular; they replenish electrolytes as well as just fluid.

Dehydration can be a major issue, both in and of itself and as a headache or Migraine trigger. Many people mistakenly think it occurs only in hot weather and that you're not dehydrated if you're not thirsty. Both of these misconceptions lead to many cases of dehydration every year, some of them quite serious. Let's take a look at dehydration, what it does to the body, how to treat it, and -- perhaps most importantly -- how to prevent it...

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