World Health Organisation releases study today at European Parliament in Brussels.

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World Health Organisation releases study today at European Parliament in Brussels.

Post by Tee on Thu May 05, 2011 10:34 am

A GLOBAL STUDY into “the health, economic and social impact” of headache disorders has found that these afflictions – which include migraines – are the most common disorders in the world.

The World Health Organisation and a group called ‘Lifting the Burden: the Global Campaign against Headache’ released the study today at the European Parliament in Brussels. The study is the first of its kind, called the Atlas of Headache Disorders and Resources in the World 2011.

Based on data it received from neurologists, GPs and some patients in a large international survey carried out between October 2006 to March 2009, the survey focused on adults aged 18-65 years.
Some of its main findings include:

Headache disorders, including migraine and tension-type headaches, “are among the most prevalent disorders of mankind”.

Migraine on its own is the cause of 1.3 per cent of all years of life lost to disability.

Between half and three-quarters of adults aged 18-65 years surveyed have suffered headaches in the last year.

Women are more likely than men to suffer from headache.

Around 190 million sick days are taken in the EU every year because of migraine.

Only 12 per cent of countries that responded to the survey include headache disorders in their annual
health reporting system.

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