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Video Call May Be as Good as Doctor Visit for Headache

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – Seeing a neurologist via video conference may be as effective as an in-person visit for people with headaches, researchers say. The new study included just over 400 headache patients in Norway who were referred by their primary care doctor to see a neurologist. Half of the patients had an in-person appointment with a neurologist, while the others consulted with the specialist via video conference – also known as "telemedicine." At the study's start, three months later and again after a year, the patients completed surveys about their pain and the impact of their headaches on daily life. No differences were found between people who had traditional office visits and those treated through video, the researchers said. "Headache is the most common neurologic disorder, yet is often not diagnosed or people don't receive adequate treatment," study author Dr. Kai ... Read more

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FDA Approves Device to Help Curb Cluster Headaches

Posted 20 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 – Cluster headaches, though rare, are among the most severe forms of headache a person can face. But there's new hope for at least some patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it has approved a hand-held device to treat these attacks. The noninvasive device, called gammaCore, works to reduce cluster headache pain by transmitting mild electrical stimulation to the vagus nerve through the skin on the neck. This is a large nerve that runs from the brain to the colon. One headache specialist said effective therapies are needed. Cluster headaches "can be devastating to a person," said Dr. Noah Rosen. "Although they are uncommon, affecting about 1 in 2,000, they are severe, disabling and poorly understood," said Rosen, who directs Northwell Health's Headache Center in Great Neck, N.Y. While certain medications such as sumatriptan (Imitrex) are used to ... Read more

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Headaches Often Strike Before Strokes in Kids: Study

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 – Children are much more likely than adults to have a headache before an ischemic stroke, new research suggests. An ischemic stroke is caused by a blocked blood vessel in the brain. "Stroke should be considered as a possible diagnosis in any child with a headache and additional symptoms of weakness or numbness in the face, arm, or leg, or changes in walking, talking, or vision," study author Dr. Lori Billinghurst said in an American Stroke Association news release. "Urgent brain imaging may be required to distinguish a migraine with aura from a stroke," Billinghurst added. She is a clinical assistant professor of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. But stroke is extremely rare in children, affecting far less than 1 percent of kids from birth to age 18 each year, according to the stroke association. The ... Read more

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America in 2017: Pass the Prozac, Please

Posted 15 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – Many Americans are stressed about the future of the country, and politics and terrorism are key reasons why, a new survey finds. "The stress we're seeing around political issues is deeply concerning, because it's hard for Americans to get away from it," said Katherine Nordal. She's executive director for professional practice at the American Psychological Association, which conducted the poll. "We're surrounded by conversations, news and social media that constantly remind us of the issues that are stressing us the most," she said in an association news release. And prolonged stress can have negative effects on your health, the researchers said. The online survey, released Wednesday, was conducted in early January. It included more than 1,000 adults, aged 18 and older, who live in the United States. The current political climate was cited as a very or ... Read more

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'Heading' Soccer Ball Not Smart for the Brain

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – A common soccer move – bouncing the ball off of the head – may not be as harmless to the brain as has been thought, new research suggests. A study of more than 200 adult amateur soccer players of both genders found that regularly "heading" the ball, as well as suffering accidental hits to the head, significantly boosted a player's risk of concussion. "The prevailing wisdom is that routine heading in soccer is innocuous and we need only worry about players when they have unintentional head collisions," study leader Dr. Michael Lipton, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, said in a college news release. "But our study suggests that you don't need an overt collision to warrant this type of concern," said Lipton. He is professor of radiology, psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Einstein. Another concussion expert who reviewed the ... Read more

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Cluster Headaches Can Defy Diagnosis But Respond to Treatment

Posted 2 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 2, 2017 – Cluster headaches are extremely painful, but treatable and preventable, one neurologist says. "Because they are so rare, they are often misdiagnosed as migraines or allergies and aren't treated appropriately," said Dr. Juline Bryson, an assistant professor of neurology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, N.C. Cluster headaches are short but extremely painful headaches that occur in clusters, usually at the same time of the day and night for several weeks, according to the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. They occur on one side of the head, often behind or around one eye, and may be preceded by a migraine-like aura and nausea. The pain can last for up to three hours. It often wakes people from their sleep. Other symptoms include tears, runny nose or congestion, sweating and redness on one side of the face. "In most ... Read more

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Scented Rooms, Products? Many Health-Conscious Americans Say 'No Thanks'

Posted 2 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 – Lavender, lemon or lilac: Whatever the artificial aroma, more Americans are avoiding scented spaces and products, a new survey shows. Fragranced products such as soaps, candles and air fresheners cause more than one-third of U.S. adults to suffer ill health effects, including headaches, dizziness and breathing difficulties, researchers said. Surveying a nationally representative group of more than 1,100 Americans, the research team also found that more than 20 percent of people quickly leave a business place if they smell air fresheners or other scented products. Led by Anne Steinemann, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Melbourne in Australia, the research is believed to be the first to examine many aspects of exposure to fragranced products and their effects in the United States. "What I found was that half the reports of adverse health ... Read more

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Can You Blame Your Headaches on Your Thyroid?

Posted 2 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 – People with migraines and other headache disorders have a greater risk of a thyroid disease known as hypothyroidism, a new study suggests. Hypothyroidism occurs when the body doesn't produce sufficient amounts of thyroid hormone. This can cause mood swings, weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, constipation and irregular menstrual cycles, according to researchers at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The study included more than 8,400 people. The volunteers were followed for 20 years as part of a medical monitoring project. People with pre-existing headache disorders – such as cluster or tension headaches – had a 21 percent higher risk of hypothyroidism, the investigators found. And people with a possible migraine disorder had a 41 percent greater risk. The findings suggest that people with migraines are particularly susceptible to hypothyroidism. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Have Headaches? Speak to Your Doctor

Posted 24 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- A headache is generally recognized as having pain or discomfort anywhere in the head, scalp or neck. It can be a symptom of everything from minor stress to a life-threatening stroke. Learning all you can about your condition is a first step on the road to treatment and prevention. The National Headache Foundation suggests: Learn as much a possible, such as what's probably causing your headaches and how to prevent them. Focus on the most important questions, and get answers to less important questions later. Voice any concerns or fears about your headaches to your doctor. If you don't understand something, ask the doctor for an explanation. Read more

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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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Season's Change Can Bring on Cluster Headaches

Posted 29 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 27, 2014 – Nearly 1 million Americans face the threat of cluster headaches since summer officially arrived, an expert says. That's because people's biological rhythms are linked with the Earth's rotation, according to Dr. Brian Grosberg, director of the Montefiore Headache Center in New York City. Cluster headaches occur close together and often on the same day. On average, they last 30 minutes to three hours. About 80 percent of people with cluster headaches experience them for 12 weeks each year, often during seasonal changes. "Cluster headache, also known as 'suicide headache,' is a neurological disorder characterized by severe pain behind or around one's eye," Grosberg said in a Montefiore news release. "It is one of the most painful conditions a person can experience, even more incapacitating than a migraine." He offered the following advice for those who get cluster ... Read more

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