The queue to sign a book of condolence for broadcaster Gay Byrne in Dublin’s Mansion House. Photograph: Tom Honan

The queue of people lining up to sign one of the five books of condolence opened for Gay Byrne in the Mansion House in Dublin was long throughout Tues(...)

Beth Francis in the throes of a migraine attack. ‘It’s difficult when your partner is vivacious, full of life, witty, clever, charming and brilliant and then is catatonic with pain and you don’t know when the next one will be,’ says her partner

One in 10 people in Ireland struggles with migraine. It is more than just a headache – symptoms of migraine include dizziness, blurred vision, nausea(...)

According to the Irish findings of a recent European-wide study of migraine sufferers,   12 per cent have lost their jobs because of the condition and 84 per cent say their careers and earnings have been affected.

Next time a colleague or an employee doesn’t turn up for work because of a bad headache, pause for a minute before rolling your eyes in “not again” fr(...)

Marine Martin, founder and spokeswoman of the French association of parents of children suffering from anti-convulsant syndrome (APESAC). Her book “Depakine, The Scandal (I Could Not Keep Silent)” is published this month. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Disability organisations have called for a national audit of women who have taken a widely used anti-epilepsy drug while pregnant. The groups want to(...)

Audrey Craven: founded the Migraine Association of Ireland in 1994  and  writes in the book about her personal experiences  of migraine.

The founder of the Migraine Association of Ireland, Audrey Craven, describes a migraine attack as “a power cut”. It’s perfect description for the sudd(...)

Migraine is three times more common in women than in men and is inherited in about 60 per cent of cases. Photograph: Thinkstock
Migraine: the facts

Migraine is a neurological condition affecting almost half a million people in Ireland, or about 15 per cent of the total population. Symptoms vary b(...)

Three times more women than men suffer from migraine attacks. Photograph: Thinkstock

‘Sorry, I can’t come in today: I’ve got a migraine.” Bosses don’t often hear those words from their employees. That’s because migraine is still not(...)

Parallel universes are characterised by an ‘us and them’ mindset that is deeply ingrained and negatively affects every aspect of healthcare delivery. Photograph: Getty Images

The 1973 Pink Floyd song Us and Them with the words, “forward he cried from the rear and the front rank died”, is particularly relevant to the Irish h(...)