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Do Genes Link Headaches, Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Posted 23 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 – Genetic links may exist between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and migraine and tension-type headaches, researchers report. "Since headache and irritable bowel syndrome are such common conditions, and causes for both are unknown, discovering a possible link that could shed light on shared genetics of the conditions is encouraging," study author Dr. Derya Uluduz said in a news release from the American Academy of Neurology. The findings might help point to new treatments for all of the disorders, suggested Uluduz, of Istanbul University in Turkey, and colleagues. The study included 107 people with migraine, 53 with tension-type headache, 107 with IBS and 53 without any of the conditions. People with migraine were about twice as likely as those with tension headache to also have IBS – 54 percent versus 28 percent, respectively. Of the people with IBS, 38 also ... Read more

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Playing Contact Sports in Youth May Raise Risk for Degenerative Brain Disease

Posted 3 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 – National Football League football players may not be the only ones who can develop a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated concussions during decades of play, a new study suggests. Even men who only played an amateur contact sport during their youth may face an increased risk for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a devastating brain condition that can affect thinking, memory, behavior and mood, Mayo Clinic researchers report. To come to this conclusion, the researchers analyzed the brains of 66 men who had donated their organs to the Mayo Clinic Brain Bank and participated in sports such as football, rugby, wrestling, boxing and basketball while in school. Their brains were compared to the brains of 198 people, including 66 women, who never played contact sports. CTE was found in the brains of a third of the men who played amateur contact sports. ... Read more

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Severe Headache During Pregnancy May Signal Trouble

Posted 20 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 – A severe headache can sometimes be a warning sign that a pregnant woman and her fetus are in danger, researchers report. "Headaches during pregnancy are quite common, but it is not always easy to distinguish between a recurring, preexisting migraine condition and a headache caused by a pregnancy complication," lead author Dr. Matthew Robbins, director of inpatient services at Montefiore's Headache Center in New York City, said in a Montefiore news release. "Our study suggests that physicians should pay close attention when a pregnant woman presents with a severe headache, especially if she has elevated blood pressure or lack of past headache history," added Robbins, chief of neurology at Weiler Hospital. Robbins is also an associate professor of clinical neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. The researchers found that these women ... Read more

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Headaches Are Common in Kids, Teens

Posted 14 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2015 – A number of things can trigger headaches in children and teens, a pediatrician says. About 10 percent of school-aged children and up to 27 percent of teens have headaches from time to time, according to Dr. Nick DeBlasio, a pediatrician in Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's Pediatric Primary Care Clinic. One of the leading causes of headaches in children and teens is not drinking enough fluids, especially when youngsters are active outside during warm weather. The cure in this case might be as simple as having your child drink more water. Missing a meal can also trigger a headache. Parents need to make sure their children eat a well-balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. Too much caffeine and certain foods can also cause a headache, DeBlasio said. Lack of sleep is another potential headache trigger. Middle and high school students ... Read more

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Health Tip: Log Symptoms in a Headache Diary

Posted 1 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

-- A headache journal can help you track symptoms and determine possible triggers for your chronic pain. The University of California San Francisco Medical Center says the journal should include: Date and time of each headache. Duration of each headache. Activities that preceded each headache. Food and drink consumed before the onset of each headache. Treatment used to manage each headache, such as prescription or over-the-counter medication, herbal treatment, or other remedy. Location and severity of each headache, and accompanying symptoms such as nausea or dizziness. How each headache impacts your daily life. Read more

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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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