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Asthma Worsens Migraines, Research Finds

Asthma Worsens Migraines, Research Finds
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By    |   Tuesday, 01 December 2015 11:05 AM

Asthma increases the risk for chronic migraine headaches, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of Cincinnati, Montefiore Headache Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Vedanta Research have found that people with asthma who experience occasional migraines are more likely to suffer from chronic headaches as they grow older.

"If you have asthma along with episodic or occasional migraine, then your headaches are more likely to evolve into a more disabling form known as chronic migraine," said lead researcher Dr. Vincent Martin, a professor of medicine in UC's Division of General Internal Medicine and co-director of the Headache and Facial Pain Program at the UC Neuroscience Institute.

For the study, published online in the journal Headache, a publication of the American Headache Society, the researchers tracked about 4,500 individuals who experienced episodic migraine or fewer than 15 headaches per month in 2008. Researchers found that after one year of follow-up, chronic migraine symptoms developed in 5.4 percent of the individuals with asthma and in just 2.5 percent of individuals without asthma.

The researchers explained that migraine and asthma are disorders that involve inflammation and activation of smooth muscle either in blood vessels or in the airways. As a result, asthma-related inflammation may lead to a worsening of migraines.

About 12 percent of the U.S. population experiences migraines, which are more common in women than in men. Asthma affects about 8 percent of American adults, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study was funded, in part, by the National Headache Foundation.

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