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Reported May 24, 2013

Depression and Migraines may Lead to Smaller Brain Size

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- People with a history of migraines and depression may have smaller brain tissue volumes when older, compared to those who have one or neither of these conditions.

In a study conducted by the National Institute on Aging and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, in Bethesda, MD, researchers followed 4, 296 people between 1967 and 2006.  Participants were tested for migraines when they were around age 51 and later tested for depression when they were around age 76.  Following an MRI of each participant, it was found that the participants who had a history of both migraine and depression had a total brain tissue volume on average 19.2 milliliters smaller than those who had one or none of the conditions.

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SOURCE: Neurology, May 2013

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