Oxidative Stress May Be the Common Denominator Underlying Migraine Triggers


Any number of triggers can bring on a migraine, including such different factors as drinking alcohol, experiencing a change in the weather, and not getting enough sleep. Now one researcher has determined that these common migraine triggers and a host of others can produce oxidative stress in the brain. Such stress is marked by a build-up of damaging molecules called free radicals and can lead to pain.

In a study published recently in Headache, Jonathan Borkum, PhD, of the University of Maine’s Department of Psychology, evaluated 2,000 studies about migraine triggers published between 1990 and 2014 and found that nearly all common migraine triggers are capable of generating oxidative stress. Based on those findings, he stated he believes oxidative stress can be a unifying principle behind the types of triggers countless migraineurs experience. Continue Reading

Migraine Creates Wide-Ranging Problems for Adults

For many migraineurs, living with the disorder affects several aspects of their lives — from family relationships to quality of sleep. Now, studies from the United States and Canada show just how pervasive and far reaching those effects are.

In the U.S., a study of nearly 1,000 men and women with chronic migraine (headache 15 or more days per month) found that the condition impacts family relationships and activities, ranging from reduced time spent with partners and children to cancelled vacation plans. Continue Reading