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Headache – What to tell your patients

You are not alone

Andrew Charles, MD, Professor, Director of Headache Research and Treatment Program, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, discusses migraine and what to tell your patients. This is a common diagnosis. Twenty five percent of women suffer from migraine, it is an inherited condition and the best management is regularity of lifestyle. Neck pain often accompanies migraine and sophisticated imaging shows spectacular changes in the brain during migrainous episodes. Migraine triggers are multifactorial.

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