Migraine Term of the Day: Prevalence

Teri Robert @trobert Health Guide
  • When we're looking at Migraine and headache information, whether it's from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing.

    Sometimes, it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term. At other times, substituting just doesn't convey quite the same meaning or takes more than a few words.

    Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing Migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I'll be posting a "term of the day," probably a couple of times a week. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment to let me know what it is.

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    Today's term: Prevalence.

    Prevalence: the percentage of a population that is affected with a particular disease or condition.

    Prevalence is often discussed in relationship to Migraine and other headache disorders. Example: The prevalence of Migraine in the total population of the United States is 12%. The prevalence among women is 18%.

    For more terms, see our Migraine and Headache Glossary.

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    Last updated June 13, 2010
Published On: June 13, 2010