12 Apr '11, 7am

Migraine symptoms can mimic those of a stroke, say doctors

By all accounts, it would have been an occupational nightmare for any TV reporter. As she prepared to deliver her post Grammy's broadcast live, veteran Los Angeles newscaster Serene Branson looked a picture of poise and confidence. That was, until she opened her mouth, and out came gibberish and garbled speech. Was it a seizure? Or was it a stroke?It turned out that she was suffering from a migraine. Branson's unfortunate episode has put the spotlight on the common condition, which affects 9.3 per cent of Singaporeans, based on a 2003 study by the National University of Singapore's Department of Medicine on more than 2,000 Singaporeans. After looking at the video, Dr Kevin Tan, a consultant of the department of neurology at National Neuroscience Institute, told TODAY that the symptoms Branson experienced could have been a classic case of a "migraine with aura". During a mi...

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