Women who suffer from migraines or who have had them in the past are at an increased risk for developing depression, according to new research.
The study, conducted by Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, found that women with any history of migraine were about 40 percent more likely to develop depression than women without a history of migraine. The results were the same regardless of whether the women had a migraine with aura.
The study, supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Cancer Institute, will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 64th annual meeting in April in New Orleans.
For the study, 36,154 women were asked about migraine history. Out of those women, 6,456 had a current or past migraine. During an average of 14 years of follow-up, 3,971 of the women developed depression.
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