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STUDIO CITY (CBS) — June is National Migrance Awareness Month.
Dr. Andrew Charles, a UCLA migraine researcher, and Tracy Shah, a migraine patient, visited the KCAL9 studios Tuesday to discuss new treatments for the chronic headaches.
According to recent data, 36 million Americans suffer from migraines which is to say that 1 in every 4 U.S. households is affected by migraines. Among those sufferers, women are disproportionately the victims of this disease. In the workforce, the numbers are staggering: $13 billion is attributed to the loss of productivity in American businesses.
Despite the prevalence and abundance of migraine sufferers seeking treatment, there are still millions of sufferers who do not seek treatment due to misdiagnosis or lack of awareness about prevention and control of migraines.
With the June observance of National Migraine Awareness Month, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) along with Dr. Andrew Charles, migraine researcher at UCLA, are highlighting this debilitating disease with information about the challenges women face at the workplace, new treatment options, awareness of the disease, and groundbreaking studies.
- More than ¾’s of migraine sufferers are women, and migraines cause a huge loss of productivity at American businesses, with $13 billion in losses annually due to 157 million lost work days.
- According to the Migraine Research Foundation (MRF) every 10 seconds, someone in the United States goes to the emergency room with a headache or migraine. http://www.migraineresearchfoundation.org/fact-sheet.html
- According to the Migraine Research Foundation, less than half of all migraine sufferers have received a proper diagnosis of migraine from their healthcare provider.
- Migraine is often under-diagnosed or misdiagnosed as sinus headache or tension-type headache
For more information, visit the American Migraine Foundation online.