Migraine headaches are a significant health challenge for many teenagers, according to research presented last week at the American Academy of Neurology’s 58th Annual Meeting in San Diego.

The study surveyed 18,714 adolescents ages 12 to 19 years.

Findings showed that, over a 1-year period, 5% of boys and 7.7% of girls endured frequent migraines. “Migraine in children has rarely been studied, and the findings revealed that boys are nearly as likely as girls to experience migraines,” comments study author Paul Winner, DO, FAAN. “Previous studies in adults have shown that females were generally much more susceptible.”

AAN – April 8, 2006.

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