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In Brief: Tension headache prevalence

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Tension headache prevalence: Episodic tension-type headache (ETTH) is more prevalent among women than men "in all age, race and educational level subgroups evaluated" by Brian Schwartz, MD, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, et al. in a study appearing in the Feb. 4 Journal of the American Medical Association. Results of the 13,345-subject telephone survey found there "was a strong association between prevalence [of ETTH] and education; prevalence...increased with increasing educational levels, reaching a peak in subjects with graduate school education of 48.5% in men and 48.9% in women." Chronic tension headache is much less prevalent than episodic type, with only 297 (2%) of subjects meeting the diagnostic criteria...
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