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10 pc Indians afflicted with chronic headaches

10 pc Indians afflicted with chronic headaches
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The 27Annual Conference of the Indian Academy of Neurology IANCON 2019 on Sunday stated that 10% among Indian population are suffering from chronic headaches or migraine; and the participants in the convention have listed obesity, depression and stress as the main reasons for the ailment to be growing in the country.

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Hyderabad: The 27Annual Conference of the Indian Academy of Neurology IANCON 2019 on Sunday stated that 10% among Indian population are suffering from chronic headaches or migraine; and the participants in the convention have listed obesity, depression and stress as the main reasons for the ailment to be growing in the country.

The 4-day IANCON 2019 convention that attracted over 2,500 neurologists and healthcare professionals from across the country concluded with a glittering valedictory ceremony.

Elaborating on the deliberations, Dr Gagandeep Singh, Secretary, Indian Academy of Neurology, said, "A total of 24 symposia on various topics related to neurological disorders provided a great opportunity to the young and emerging neurologists from across the country to showcase their work through various presentations, and also learn from the experts in the field."

During the deliberations on the controversies in the management of headaches, neurologists opined that migraines start with discrete episodes, but nearly 3% to 5% migraines progress to chronic stages of daily headaches. It has been noted that chronic migraines accounts for two thirds of people with headaches, taking it to approximately 2% of the general population.

Participants emphasised on understanding the disorder before reaching the stage to cure the ailments. Primary headache disorders are those without a demonstrable cause although we are beginning to know the pathophysiology of some, such as migraine and cluster but they are generally not life threatening. Secondary headaches are those with a demonstrable cause and one type is medication overuse headache.

Elaborating on the cure, participants at IANCON 2019 advocated against prolonged or frequent use of pain medications for headaches and suggested an active lifestyle that would help overcome the problem. Medication overuse and, paradoxically, medication underuse can perpetuate headaches and lead to chronic headaches.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Dr Mohandas Surath, Chairman of IANCON 2019 Organizing Committee, said with participation of medical professionals from related fields the event was a grand success. Dr Sita Jayalakshmki, Organising Secretary, IANCON 2019, handed over the formal responsibilities to the organizing committee of the next year's IANCON.

Dr Satish Khadilkar, President of Indian Academy of Neurology, noted that the great event would be a benchmark for the future conferences in India and overseas. Dr. Gagandeep Singh, Secretary, IAN, said that besides 24 symposia on various topics on neurological disorders, the conference also gave chance to young Neurologists across the country and 18 others to show-case there work through platform presentations and poster presentations.

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