Lightning could trigger migraine, headaches

Cincinnati, Feb 7 (IANS) Headache and episodes of migraines could also be triggered by lightning, reports a study by American scientists.

These results, published in the online edition of the journal Cephalalgia, are the first tying lightning to headache and migraine and could help chronic sufferers more efficiently anticipate it and begin the preventive treatment.

According to Science Daily, there was a 31 percent increased risk of headache and 28 percent increased risk of migraine for chronic headache sufferers on days lighting struck within 25 miles of study participants' homes.

In addition, new-onset headache and migraine increased by 24 percent and 23 percent respectively in participants.

"Many studies show conflicting findings on how weather, including elements like barometric pressure and humidity, affect the onset of headaches," said Geoffrey Martin of the research team at University of Cincinnati (UC), Ohio, US.

"However, this study very clearly shows a correlation between lightning, associated meteorological factors and headaches," he added.


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