The search for a cure for migraine – one of the most disabling illnesses in the world

More than half a million people in Ireland suffer from migraine, and this can have a serious impact on their ability to reach their potential.

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This article originally appeared on The Journal.

MIGRAINE HAS BEEN described as an invisible illness.

There are almost no external signs of discomfort, and migraine sufferers are well between attacks.

However, migraine is one of the most disabling illnesses in the world.

Dr Eddie O’Sullivan, director of the Migraine Clinic in Cork University Hospital, explains: “[Migraine] symptoms have the impact that the patient can’t function. Patients frequently have to lie down in a quiet, dark room and stay there until the attack has resolved.”

It has far-reaching implications in terms of performance, in terms of reaching your potential, which we see from how disabling the attacks are.

According to the Global Burden of Disease Study, published in 2015, migraine on its own was found to be the sixth highest cause of years lost due to disability  worldwide. Headache disorders collectively were third on the list.

Migraine affects an estimated 12-15% of people around the world and approximately 500,000 people in Ireland.

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Our Relationship With Food

With 61% of Irish adults now overweight or obese, why has losing weight has become harder?

Weight is not an easy topic to talk about, yet it seems to be something we’re obsessed with. The irony is, we should be healthier than ever. Fresh fruit and vegetables are now available all year round. Good food is cheaper than it has ever been before. By law, companies are required to state what ingredients are in their food and measure it against a set limit of what is recommended daily. If we don’t know what aspartame or phenylalanine are it’s easy to Google them.

However, this fails to take into account how much easier it is to eat poorly. Food is constantly being advertised, especially to children, portion sizes have increased and food is more easily accessible. Gone are the days where chocolate was a treat once a week.  We are surrounded by fizzy drinks, fast food and supposed ‘fresh food’ which has been dressed up in green packaging, but in fact is just as bad for us.

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