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Medical News & Perspectives
December 16, 1998

Migraine as a Woman's Issue—Will Research and New Treatments Help?

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JAMA. 1998;280(23):1975-1976. doi:10.1001/jama.280.23.1975-JMN1216-2-1

THE World Headache Alliance (WHA) and the International Bureau for Epilepsy have joined to raise awareness of women's issues in the treatment of migraine and epilepsy, two disorders that have long carried a stigma.

Babill Stray-Pedersen, MD, professor of gynecology at the National Hospital in Oslo, said at a news briefing during the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS) conference in Seville, Spain, this fall that, although migraine and epilepsy are not medically related, both are neurological diseases that have important consequences throughout the lives of the women who have them, and both may call for a management approach different from that used with men.

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