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The Washington Post has an interesting article today about the high prevalence of migraines among returning veterans; apparently the US Department of Defense is also throwing some money into migraine research. The fact that 2/3 of the military personnel who were evacuated from Iraq and Afghanistan for some form of headache did not return to active duty. In addition, "A 2009 study of more than 1.2 million U.S. participants in the Iraqi and Afghan military actions found the number who received a diagnosis of migraine increased 40 percent after a tour of duty."

Triggers for diagnosis seem to be traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and excess stress in general.

I'm hoping some of the extra research money will help create better treatments.

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