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UCPH scientist: Headaches more common among women

Leading Copenhagen researcher presents his research in Pakistan tour

»Headaches are the most common medical cause of pain and disability and affect millions of people worldwide every day« said Dr Faisal Amin, a researcher from the Danish Headache Centre, University of Copenhagen, in a lecture at the University of Health Sciences in Lahore, Pakistan.

The lecture was organised by the University of Health Sciences and the National Academy of Young Scientists.

»Headaches without evident cause present an often puzzling situation in regard to diagnosis, treatment and understanding by both the afflicted individual and the physician« said Dr Amin.

Detrimental affect on life quality

Dr Armin was quoted in various press coverage saying, »primary headache disorders are often overlooked and misunderstood as acceptable, frequent maladies which should not affect work. Though not life-threatening, these headaches could affect the quality of life«.

Dr Amin also said that primary types of headaches included migraine, tension and cluster headaches. »Tension headaches are the most common type and up to 90 per cent of adults have had or will have a tension headache. These headaches occur most commonly among women«.

Dr Amin said that with a tension headache, one feels like there is a tight band around the head. It usually causes mild to moderate pain on both sides of the head and may be triggered by stress, neck strain, depression or anxiety. It can last from 30 minutes to 7 days«, he said.

Treatment is readily available

»These types of headaches can be easily treated with over-the-counter medications, including aspirin, ibuprofen, etc, or through meditation or massage«.

According to Dr Amin, ‘migraines affect three times more women than men. They are accompanied by nausea, vomiting or increased sensitivity to light or sound. They usually affect one side of the head and typically last from 4 to 72 hours’.

A large number of postgraduate students and faculty members were reported to be in attendence at the lecture.

See the University of Health Sciences in Lahore’s website here.
Press coverage was originally published in The Express Tribune, Pakistan.

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