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Post by Tee on Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:51 am

By Andrew M. Seaman
NEW YORK | Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:48pm EST

(Reuters Health) - People who get painful migraine headaches may be at a higher risk for developing clinical depression, suggests a new study from Canada.

The research, published in the journal Headache, also hints that the relationship may go both ways, and people with clinical depression could have a higher risk of developing migraines, but that finding could have been due to chance, the researchers say.

Nonetheless, lead author Geeta Modgill, who was at the University of Calgary while conducting the work, told Reuters Health that migraine and depression sufferers should know the signs of both ailments since each might be at a higher risk for the other condition.

Migraines are throbbing headaches, sometimes on just one side of the head, that can make a person nauseous and sensitive to light. At times they may be preceded by visual disturbances known as auras. Depression is a serious mental disorder defined by a collection of symptoms that can include sadness, insomnia, fatigue and emotional numbness.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/24/us-health-migraines-idUSTRE7AN1U420111124

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