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Health Tip: Have Your Headaches Evaluated

Posted 3 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

-- Headaches, especially when they occur suddenly and frequently, can signal a serious condition that requires more than an over-the-counter pain reliever. The Womenshealth.gov says your doctor should evaluate your head pain if you: Have headaches that occur several times per month and last for hours, or even days, at a time. Have headaches that interfere with school, work or home. Have headaches accompanied by vision changes, vomiting or nausea, numbness or tingling. Have headaches that cause pain around an ear or eye. Have headaches that are severe and are accompanied by a stiff neck. Have headaches accompanied by confusion, loss of alertness or convulsions. Have frequent headaches all of a sudden, when headaches used to be rare. Read more

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Botox Offers Little Relief for Migraine, Study Finds

Posted 24 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 24 – Botox is considered a preventive medication for debilitating migraine headaches, but a new review finds that it may only help people with chronic migraines or chronic daily headaches. And, even then, the effect appears to only be "small to modest." The review found that Botox (botulinum toxin A) was no help for people with episodic migraines (fewer than 15 a month) or chronic tension-type headaches. "Our analyses suggest that botulinum toxin A may be associated with improvement in the frequency of chronic migraine and chronic daily headaches, but not with improvement in the frequency of episodic migraine, chronic tension-type headaches or episodic tension-type headaches. However, the association of botulinum toxin A with clinical benefit was small," wrote the authors of the review. Still, the review's lead author, Dr. Jeffrey Jackson, said, "If I was having more ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep a Headache Diary

Posted 4 Jan 2011 by Drugs.com

-- If you suffer from migraines, identifying what you've been eating, drinking or doing can help you keep these painful headaches under control. The womenshealth.gov Web site suggests what to log in a headache diary: The date and time of the migraine. The activity you were doing and where you were when the pain began. A list of all foods and drinks consumed within 24 hours of when the migraine began. For women, the span of your menstrual cycle. Read more

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Scientists Discover Substance That Causes Pain

Posted 28 Apr 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 28 – The human body produces a substance similar to capsaicin – which makes chili peppers hot – at sites of pain, and blocking production of this substance can ease pain, a new study shows. The findings may lead to the development of non-addictive painkillers, according to the researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. In work with mice, the scientists found that a family of fatty acids called oxidized linoleic acid metabolites (OLAMs) play an important role in the biology of pain. "This is a major breakthrough in understanding the mechanisms of pain and how to more effectively treat it," senior investigator Kenneth Hargreaves, chair of the Department of Endodontics in the Dental School at the UT Health Sciences Center, said in an UT news release. "These data demonstrate, for the first time, that OLAMs constitute a new family of ... Read more

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