Education can hurt
Headaches are a plague that almost everyone has experienced at some point. The first major study has now been carried out in the USA, which deals with the occurrence of so-called tension headaches. We encounter it again and again as a prejudice: women are said to suffer from headaches more often. However, Brian Schwartz and his colleagues from the Johns Hopkins University School of He alth can only confirm this verdict: According to the results of their study, too, women are more often afflicted by tension headaches than men.
A group of 13,345 people was followed for one year to determine the extent to which episodic or chronic tension-type headache occurred. Headaches were categorized according to the classification of the International Headache Society.
The results of the study not only show that women are actually more sensitive in this regard. The education rate also seems to play a role. Those who had a higher education also suffered more frequently from headaches. A consolation for the female part of the population: In this group of the "better educated" there was hardly any difference between men and women. All suffered in roughly equal proportions.
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