After CBS correspondent Serene Branson’s frightening on-air lapse into slurred and incomprehensible speech during a post-Grammy newscast Sunday night, neurologists offered an array of potential diagnoses. Was it a stroke? An epileptic seizure? Or the isolated “mini-stroke” episode known as a transient ischemic attack? None of the above. It turns out that Branson suffered a “migraine aura”–a speech and sensory-impairing side effect of certain severe headaches–according to Dr. Andrew Charles, director of UCLA’s Headache Research and Treatment Program, who treated the Emmy-nominated entertainment reporter following the unfortunate episode.
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