The Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (AHDA) is working toward ensuring that our lawmakers appreciate the urgent need to ease the tremendous burden of migraine and headache disorders. Please take a moment and sign this petition.
- Chronic headache disorders, including migraine, are among the top 20 causes of disability in the US according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
- 19% of Americans will experience an attack of some form of migraine this year.
- 75% of Americans with episodic migraine are women, predominantly of child-bearing age.
- 4% of Americans experience 4 hours of headaches per day, at least 15 days per month.
- Among veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts, 37% of servicemen and 57% of servicewomen reported ongoing migraine if there was a deployment history of concussive injury and any pre-deployment history of migraine.
- Migraine results in an increased risk of cardiovascular disease which has been linked to more than 1500 additional deaths in the US annually.
- Headache disorders, including migraine, are responsible for more than $31B in economic costs in the US annually.
- The WHO estimates that migraine causes more lost years of healthy life in the US annually than multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, ovarian cancer, and tuberculosis combined...
- ...in 2010, the combined NIH research funding for these four disorders ($684M) was more than 45 times greater than that for migraine ($15M).
- NIH funding for all research on headache disorders comprised less than 0.05% of the NIH budget in 2010.
- Only one innovative drug (sumatriptan), discovered, developed, and priority reviewed specifically for migraine treatment, has been FDA approved in the past 50 years.
- A total of only 290 American physicians have received Headache Medicine specialty training and are certified by the United Council on Neurologic Subspecialties.
- The US Congress has never held a public hearing devoted to headache disorders.
So, the AHDA is asking each of us to sign an on-line petition urging congressional hearings to be held on the impact of headache disorders. It takes only a minute to sign and they will deliver the signed petition to Congress. Please take a moment and sign this petition.
This post was written as part of the National Health Blog Posting Month (NHBPM).