Migraines differ from the common headache in their level of reported severity and frequency, as well as their tendency to be accompanied by additional symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. Affecting more than 10% of the world’s population, migraines are three times more prevalent in women than men. In approximately one-third of cases, sufferers report an ability to detect migraines through “auras,” or visual cues, such as seeing flashing lights, geometric lines, or disruptions. Many different factors can influence their severity and frequency including diet, nutrition, hormones, stress, anxiety, and certain auditory and visual stimuli, as well as a probable genetic predisposition.
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The General Neurology program of Northwell Health Neuroscience Institute is a multidisciplinary program focused on developing state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for neurological disorders which involve the brain, spine, nerves and muscles.