Headache Disorders

The World Health Organization has released its first ever global atlas on headache disorders and the results aren't good. Billions of people are suffering ... the social and economic costs are enormous and we're not doing much to help.



Part Two of The Current

Headache Disorders - Christine Lay

Headaches -- especially those kinds of severe, recurring headaches -- can be devastating. And according to the World Health Organization, we're not doing much to help the people who get them. Last week, the WHO published it's first ever global atlas on headache disorders and the results aren't pretty. The WHO says headaches often aren't properly recognized, diagnosed, or treated. And it says the costs associated with headaches are huge.

We aired some findings from the World Health Organization's first ever Global Atlas on headache disorders. Christine Lay is a headache neurologist and the Director of the Headache Centre at Women's College Hospital in Toronto. Christine Lay was in our Toronto studio.

Headache Disorders - Dr. Seymour Diamond

There's clearly a lot we don't know about headaches, but we have also made progress. After all, it hasn't been that long since we thought headaches were bad spirits.

So for a brief history of headaches, we were joined by Doctor Seymour Diamond, the founder of the National Headache Foundation and the Diamond Headache Clinic. He's also the author of Headaches Through the Ages and he was in Chicago.

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