Migraine Term of the Day - Epidemiology

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Epidemiology is a term that is frequently used when talking about migraine research and is an important word for migraineurs to understand.

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.

Today's Term: Epidemiologefinition:

Epidemiology is the study of how and why diseases occur.

Used in a Sentence:** Epidemiology** is a vital area of disease research.


One reason for a lack of migraine-specific medications is the lack of funding for epidemiological studies. Until it's better understood what migraine does in the brain and why, researchers developing treatments are limited by having to make educated guesses.


Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary

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