Picayune City Council Proclaims June as Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

Published 11:34 pm Monday, June 10, 2024

The Picayune City Council convened on Tuesday evening with council members Larry Breland and Lyn Bumpers absent.

During the meeting, Mayor Jim Luke and Dr. Delora Ann Denney, M.D., a physician at Picayune Family Care Center and Chair of the Board for the Carolina Headache Foundation, proclaimed June as Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. Dr. Denney, also part of “Headache on the Hill,” highlighted the importance of preventative care and the lack of migraine specialists in the state. She noted that veterans are significantly affected by these conditions.

The proclamation highlights the following key points:

  • There are over 300 medically recognized headache diseases, including cluster headaches and migraines.
  • Migraine is a genetic, neurobiological disease impacting 1 in 6 households in the U.S.
  • Significant disparities in diagnosis and treatment exist, particularly among minority populations.
  • Migraine is a leading cause of global disability, especially for young women.
  • Veterans have higher incidences of migraines due to traumatic brain injuries.
  • Headache diseases cost U.S. companies billions annually in direct and indirect costs.
  • Increased awareness, research, and access to treatments for headache diseases are needed.

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In other business, the City Council approved a $25,000 grant for the Picayune Police Department through the Stonegarden program, according to Police Chief Joe Quave. The grant will be used to purchase equipment and fund overtime.