Headaches Are The Most Prevalent Health Problem On Earth

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Around 50% of the worldwide people endure headaches & migraines every year, according to new data this week, while approximately one in seven individuals struggle with a headache on just about any given day. Migraines, especially, may have gotten more prevalent over time, although the researchers warn that the data are not clear enough just to say definitively.

According to research, an astounding 52% of the world’s population suffers from headaches on a yearly basis, with women being more likely than males to be affected. There are more stress headache sufferers than migrainers (26%), but there are 14% who struggle with migraines and 5% who have headaches that endure for even more than 15 days a month in general. In addition, they assume that roughly 15% of respondents had experienced a headache in the last 24 hours.

The research is a follow-up to a work released in 2007 by the same researchers. Since then, additional researchers, like those working on the Global Burden of Disease program, have attempted to monitor the global prevalence of headaches. According to the researchers, the new results are in accord with previous assessments and demonstrate that headache problems remain a widespread issue across the globe.

They also sought to find out why the claimed incidence of headaches might vary from research to study or from parts of the globe. People’s answers to questions regarding their ailments may account for around 30 percent of the diversity seen in research.

According to the research, migraines have grown increasingly prevalent in previous years there are obvious geographical disparities in the chance of suffering from a migraine. A shift in the reasons for headache throughout time, such as increased air pollutants or tension, or the effect of genetics on various populations, might be indicated. There could also be other, less visible characteristics in the way trials are done to explain this difference, according to the scientists. For the time being, it’s still unclear whether or not the observed variations in time and location are genuine.

The research was published in The Journal of Headache and Pain.

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William Reid
A science writer through and through, William Reid’s first starting working on offline local newspapers. An obsessive fascination with all things science/health blossomed from a hobby into a career. Before hopping over to Optic Flux, William worked as a freelancer for many online tech publications including ScienceWorld, JoyStiq and Digg. William serves as our lead science and health reporter.