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Jan 24, 2013 1:15 PM by NBC News

Lightning may cause migraines

When lightning strikes, so may a headache.

Past research has shown weather elements like barometric pressure can trigger headaches and migraines, but a new study specifically links lightning to the onset of headaches, regardless of other weather factors associated with storms.

Researchers followed a group of migraine sufferers, asking them to record their headache activity for three to six months.

They found there was a 31% increased risk of headache and 28% increased risk of migraine on days lightning struck within 25 miles of a person's home.

Experts speculate that electromagnetic waves from lightning may be to blame but also point out that lightning increases air pollutants in the air, which could lead to migraine.

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