Webmd.com recently (March/April 2014) posted data regarding migraines/headaches in the U.S. and around the world. This is what they found:

47% of the world’s population has had a headache in the last year.

There are 28 million Americans living with migraines.

3% of Americans have chronic migraines – at least 15 days of headache each month for at least 6 months.

If one parent has migraines, the risk of his or her child having them is 40%.

If both parents have migraines, the risk their child will have them is 90%.

There are 3 million emergency room visits per year attributed to migraine or headaches.

6% of men in the U.S. have migraines.

18% of women in the U.S. have migraines.

There are 113 million workdays lost in the U.S. each year due to migraines.

The cost of migraines to U.S. employers is $13 billion from lost workdays.

The total cost of migraines in the U.S., including medical care, lost workdays, and lost productivity is $20 billion.

Migraines rank #8 among the world’s most disabling medical conditions.

Webmd.com’s sources included American Academy of Neurology, American Migraine Foundation, Migraine Research Foundation, National Headache Foundation, and World Health Organization.

 

 

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