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International Journal of Biometeorology

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 263-269

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The relationship of headache occurrence to barometric pressure

  • Jane SchulmanAffiliated withThorndike Laboratory and Department of Medicine Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Hospital
  • , A. LevitonAffiliated withDepartments of Neurology, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical Center
  • , W. SlackAffiliated withThorndike Laboratory and Department of Medicine Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Hospital
  • , D. PorterAffiliated withThorndike Laboratory and Department of Medicine Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Hospital
  • , J. R. GrahamAffiliated withHeadache Research Foundation

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Abstract

A total of 75 people residing in the metropolitan Boston area who had frequently recurring headaches kept a headache diary for one month beginning March 1975. Data were also collected about barometric pressure during this time. We found that the probability of headache severity on any day was independent of the effects of time. An inference of this, supported by other findings in this study, is that headache occurrence is minimally affected by time-related phenomena such as barometric pressure readings or changes..