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Middle-age women, beware! If you have a history of migraines, you also face the possibility of developing depression. According to MedlinePlus , a new research study out of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that women who had any history of migraines were approximately 40% more likely to develop depression than women who did not suffer from these types of headaches.
The researchers reviewed data from more than 36,000 women, ages 45 and older, who were part of the U.S. Women’s Health Study. These women did not have depression at the start of the study and had responded to questions about migraine history. These women were then grouped into four groups: no history of migraine; prior history of migraine; active migraine without an aura; and active migraine with aura. Of the total study population, 6,400 of the women said they had a history of migraines or were suffering from these headaches at the start of the study.
During the study’s average follow-up p...
I have long been a fan of Dr. Jerome Groopman, a world famous oncologist and Harvard Medical School professor, who writes for the New Yorker . He has a new book out called How Doctors Think (Houghton Mifflin Company). I haven't read the entire book yet but have reviewed several excerpts that ran in the New Yorker . The other night I caught Groopman on the Stephen Colbert show, where he articulated some of the book's main ideas. Dr. Jerome Groopman appeared on Comedy Central's Colbert Report on 3/19/07 . Groopman's thesis is that doctors make mistakes diagnosing patients, usually because they are making snap assumptions from their guts about what's wrong with their patients, and not using their brains enough. You have to like a doctor who admits that he and his colleagues make mistakes. A fellow New Yorker regular and Harvard Medical School faculty member, Atul Gawande, covered similar terrain in his debut book, Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imper...
Hi there my name is William I've been suffering from really bad headaches over the last 3months. It seems to be all over my head with pain and it was only yesterday that some off my friends noticed my right eye was really blood shot. The pain is so severe I'm taking a serious amount off pain relief to cope and scared to visit my GP for answers. I'm getting a headache almost everyday and last up to hours with the pain. William
Although we can understand fear of doctors, it's far past time for you to get off your computer and call your doctor for an appointment.
It's impossible for anyone to diagnose your headaches without reviewing your medical history, discussing your symptoms with you, and examining you - in person . Unexplained headaches should always be checked out. Most of the time, headaches aren't dangerous, but there are times when they're a symptom of som...
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