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NHM Health Focus:
Headaches

June 2009

Headaches

Headache Resources
 – Headache (MedlinePlus, NLM)
 – Migraine
(MedlinePlus, NLM)
 – Headache: Hope Through Research (NINDS, NIH)
 – Information for Patients (ACHE)
 – Headache (American College of Physicians)
 – The Psychology of Pain - Headaches (NPF)
 – Headache Topic Sheets (NHF)
 – Oooh, Your Aching Head (Nemours Foundation)
 – Educational Resources (NHF)
 – Headache Headstart for Young Sufferers
(NHF)

Clinical Trials
 – Headache (Clinical Trials, NIH)
 – Vascular Headaches (Clinical Trials, NIH)
 – Study open to Adolescent Migraine Sufferers (NHF)

Organizations
 – American Committee for Headache Education
 – American Headache Society
 –
International Headache Society
 – National Headache Foundation

 – World Headache Alliance

The goals of National Headache Awareness Week, June 7-13, 2009, are to gain recognition of headache pain as a real and legitimate condition, to encourage sufferers to see a physician for proper diagnosis and treatment, and to let sufferers know that there are new treatments available.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) classifies headaches as vascular, muscle contraction (tension), traction and inflammatory (secondary).

Headaches come in differing intensities, degrees of severity, and causes for concern. They may occur on their own (primary) or they may occur as a result of some other condition (secondary). Most headaches, while uncomfortable, are not serious, however there are times when it is very important to call your doctor.

Headaches occur in people of all ages and can be debilitating and affect the performance of sufferers of any age. The American Headache Society (AHS) provides guidelines for recognizing headaches in students. KidsHealth offers explanations and advice for both parents, and kids. "Adult Guide to Children's Headaches" by the National Headache Foundation (NHF) provides descriptions of different types of headache, and guidelines for when to call a physician.

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