'To the Best of My Knowledge' examines migraine headaches

October 19, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- More than 30 million people suffer from migraine headaches in the United States each year. According to recent studies, 31 percent of sufferers have missed at least one day of work or school in the past three months. While migraines occur more often in women, they affect people of all genders, cultures and backgrounds. Causes, also known as triggers, vary among sufferers. Symptoms also can vary from person to person, making migraines very difficult to diagnose and treat.

Penn State President Graham Spanier and his guests, Stephen Ross and Ryan Ridenour, will discuss symptoms, triggers and treatment options for migraines on the upcoming edition of "To the Best of My Knowledge."

The live call-in program airs at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM. It will also air on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).

Ross, vice chairman of clinical affairs in the Department of Neurology at Penn State Hershey, is board certified in Neurology in addition to Headache Medicine. An expert in the treatment and diagnosis of headaches, Ross leads the outpatient headache consultation service at Hershey Medical Center.

Ridenour, a 2003 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, specializes in family medicine at Penn State Hershey Medical Group Park Avenue in State College, Pa.

Viewers and listeners are invited to join the conversation with questions or comments by calling 800-543-8242 or by sending an email to response@psu.edu during the broadcast.

A monthly feature on WPSU-TV and -FM, "To the Best of My Knowledge" features Penn State faculty, local experts and national guests in discussions on a variety of topics. In its 15th year of production, the program reaches viewers, Web users and listeners and allows the audience to communicate directly with Penn State's president.

WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. This public media service produces, acquires and distributes programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of an audience within central Pennsylvania.

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Last Updated October 24, 2011