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When Does Your Child's Headache Call for a Doctor Visit?

Posted 16 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 – Headaches are common in children and teens, but many parents aren't sure when to seek professional help for their child, a new survey finds. The survey of parents with children aged 6 to 18 found that two-thirds said their child has had a headache not caused by a fall or head injury. "Headaches are very common in children and usually not dangerous or disruptive," said ...

To Fend Off Migraines, Try Keeping a Headache Diary

Posted 15 Jul 2018 by

SATURDAY, July 14, 2018 – A migraine diary may help you pinpoint – and avoid – headache triggers, a neurologist says. About 12 percent of people in the United States suffer from migraines, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. "A migraine can be debilitating and can impact daily activities, your family and social life. Unfortunately, migraine often goes undiagnosed and undertreated," ...

One Man Got a Nasty Surprise From World's Hottest Chili Pepper

Posted 10 Apr 2018 by

MONDAY, April 9, 2018 – Forget what a hot chili pepper can do to your stomach: A new case report suggests that eating some of the hottest ones may give you a headache that can send you to the emergency room. A young man was taking part in a hot chili pepper eating contest and ate a particularly potent type called the Carolina Reaper, according to doctors from Bassett Medical Center in ...

Sometimes, Headaches Can Be an Emergency. Here's When.

Posted 6 Apr 2018 by

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 – Nearly everyone has a headache now and then. Most of the time, relief is just an over-the-counter pill away. Other times, learning ways to relax and relieve tension, or getting treatment for sinus infections can get rid of your headaches. Sometimes, though, headaches can warn of a serious health issue. High blood pressure, a stroke, a brain tumor, carbon monoxide ...

No Proof At-Home 'Cranial Stimulation' Eases Depression

Posted 13 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – Devices that send electrical pulses to the brain – in the comfort of your own home – are a treatment option for depression and certain other conditions. But a new research review finds little evidence they work. The therapy – known as cranial electrical stimulation (CES) – involves a handheld device that delivers low-intensity electrical currents through electrodes ...

Migraines Tied to Higher Heart Trouble Risk

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 – Migraine sufferers might have to worry about more than just dealing with debilitating headaches. Migraine patients could also face an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and irregular heart rates, a new study suggests. The risk to heart health appears to be strongest in the first year after diagnosis of migraine, but persists for as long as two ...

Opioids Aren't America's Only Painkiller Problem

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 – There's a well-known crisis going on with opioid painkiller abuse, but new research reveals a sizeable chunk of Americans are popping far too many over-the-counter pain relievers, too. Among those surveyed who take over-the-counter ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), 15 percent admitted to exceeding daily maximum dosage when taking either ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal ...

Another Legacy of Terror Attacks: Migraines

Posted 13 Dec 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 – Survivors of terror attacks may be at risk of developing frequent migraines or tension-type headaches, a new study suggests. Norwegian researchers examined the aftermath of a 2011 terrorist attack on a summer camp in Norway that left 69 people dead and 33 severely wounded. Most of the dead were teenagers. The investigators followed more than 200 of the young survivors, ...

Why a Headache Feels So Draining

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – For many people, nothing's more draining than a throbbing headache or toothache. Scientists now think they know why. In experiments with mice, researchers at Duke University found that sensory neurons in the head and face are directly linked to one of the brain's main emotional signaling hubs. Sensory neurons in other parts of the body are only indirectly linked to ...

Migraine Matters

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – Most headaches quickly respond to over-the-counter medications. But if you're among the millions of Americans with migraines, you struggle with a severe pounding that can make you nauseous and sensitive to light and sound. Women are three times more likely to get migraines than men, according to the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, but when ...

Asthma Drug, Montelukast, Tied to Nightmares, Depression

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – The asthma medication Singulair (montelukast) appears linked to neuropsychiatric side effects, such as depression, aggression, nightmares and headaches, according to a new review by Dutch researchers. But experts aren't yet ready to pull the plug on this class of medication. "In our study, we give prescribing physicians the advice to be alert for signs and symptoms for ...

The Scoop on Avoiding 'Brain Freeze'

Posted 23 Jul 2017 by

SATURDAY, July 22, 2017 – Gulping down a cold smoothie or giant scoop of ice cream sometimes leads to a fleeting severe headache known as "brain freeze." But a neurologist says you can avoid it. "A brain freeze is what happens when cold food touches a bundle of nerves in the back of the palate," said Dr. Stephanie Vertrees, a headache specialist and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M ...

Posture Pointers for Computer Jockeys

Posted 21 Jun 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 – Do you spend most of your day sitting at a computer? Being hunched over your keyboard for long periods can put stress and strain on your whole body. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Computer Workstations eTool, focus on sitting with neutral body positioning. That's a comfortable working posture, with your joints naturally aligned. ...

Severe Headaches Plague Vets With Traumatic Brain Injuries

Posted 20 Jun 2017 by

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 – U.S. veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries may struggle with severe headaches years later, a new study finds. The study included 172 vets who served in Afghanistan or Iraq between 2 and 11 years before the study began. Half suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) during deployment; half did not. A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that ...

Non-Opioid Drug More Effective for Migraines: Study

Posted 19 Jun 2017 by

MONDAY, June 19, 2017 – The drug prochlorperazine is more effective than the opioid hydromorphone in treating emergency room patients with acute migraine, a new study reports. Acute migraine – an intense, throbbing headache that may be accompanied by visual disturbances and sensitivity to light and sound – is a disabling condition that results in 1.2 million visits to U.S. emergency rooms each ...

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