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Study: Lightning, Thunder Linked To Increased Risk Of Headaches

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File photo of a lightning storm. (credit: Jose CABEZAS/AFP/GettyImages)

File photo of a lightning storm. (credit: Jose CABEZAS/AFP/GettyImages)

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CINCINNATI, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) – If raindrops keep falling on your head, there’s a chance that a headache could be on the way.

New research has linked the proximity of thunder and lightning to the likelihood of getting a headache. Vincent Martin, a researcher from Cincinnati University, told Cephalagia, the journal for the International Headache Society, that when lightning happens within 25 miles of people, the risk of getting a headache goes up by 31 percent. When there’s thunder, the headache risk goes up by 28 percent.

“Electromagnetic waves from lightning could trigger headaches,” Martin told Cephalagia. He added: “Lightning also produces more air pollutants and can cause release of fungal spores that might lead to migraine.”

As part of the study, researchers looked at a sample size of 90 people with the average age of 44 living in Ohio and Missouri. These people were self-described headache sufferers. As part of the research, they recorded their headaches in a journal for three to six months.

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