Abuse in Childhood Tied to Migraine in Adulthood

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(HealthDay News) — Adults who experienced childhood abuse or neglect have a higher risk of migraine headaches, suggests a study published online Dec. 24 in the journal Neurology.

“Childhood maltreatment can have long-lasting effects, like associated medical and psychological conditions including migraine in adulthood,” study author Dawn Buse, director of behavioral medicine at Montefiore Headache Center in New York City, said in a journal news release.

“When managing patients with migraine, neurologists should take childhood maltreatment into consideration,” concluded Buse, who is also an associate professor in clinical neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

Although the study found a link between abuse and migraine, it wasn’t designed to prove that abuse could cause the headaches.

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