Migraine affects about 10% of the population and is a very common reason for people to miss work, school or university. For some people it’s just an occasional issue, for others it is more frequent and debilitating. In some cases it’s possible to identify the triggers and reduce the number of attacks, but for some people no cause will be apparent. Many sufferers run into difficulty with overuse of painkillers which can, in time, make their headaches worse. Preventive medications are recommended if symptoms are occurring more than twice per month. It’s also important for women to note that the combined contraceptive pill should not be used if there is a history of aura prior to the headache. The selection of articles below explores all these issues in greater depth- including triggers, medication overuse headaches , the different types of “auras” migraine-sufferers may experience, and when preventive treatments should be considered.