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New study shows link between environmental pollution and migraines

Environmental pollutants such as parabens, pesticides and other chemicals can affect pain pathways and have an impact on migraines, according to a new study.
New study shows a link between several environmental pollutants and aspects of migraine pain. Photo: Unsplash.com


One in ten Danes suffer from migraines, which can be a debilitating condition that can cause nausea, vomiting, light and sound hyper sensitivity in addition to the headache itself. Now, new research suggests that there is a link between migraine headaches and environmental pollution.

Researchers from the Danish Headache Centre and the Department of Growth and Reproduction at Rigshospitalet and Roskilde University, in collaboration with French colleagues, have just published a study showing a link between several environmental pollutants and aspects of migraine pain. These include substances such as bisphenol A, benzophenones, parabens, phthalates and a range of pesticides such as lindane and pentachlorophenol.

The study was initially conducted on mice and now needs to be further tested before it can finally be linked to humans. However, the results are so significant that the researchers believe that the results of the study should already be disseminated to the public.

Facts about the study

•    The study was conducted by researchers from Denmark (Rigshospitalet and Roskilde University) and France (Université Paris Cité)

•    The Candys Foundation and the Svend Andersen Foundation have supported the study

•    The study is published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives