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The Scoop on Avoiding 'Brain Freeze'

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

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 College of Medicine. The medical term for brain freeze is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia, she said. "The sphenopalatine ganglion is a group of nerves that are sensitive to cold food, and when they're stimulated, they relay information that stimulates a part of the brain to have a headache," Vertrees explained. This is the same bundle of nerves responsible for migraine headaches and cluster headaches. "There has been a lot of research done on this bundle of nerves, but mostly for trying to prevent ... Read more

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Posture Pointers for Computer Jockeys

Posted 21 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

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. Keep your head level or bent slightly forward, in line with your torso. Relax your shoulders, with your upper arms hanging naturally at your sides. Keep your elbows close to your body and bent at a 90- to 120-degree angle. Your thighs should be parallel to the floor. Your knees should be level with your hips, with your feet slightly forward. You might need a footrest if you can't keep your feet flat on the floor without moving your thighs out of position. Ergonomics experts recommend that your ... Read more

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Severe Headaches Plague Vets With Traumatic Brain Injuries

Posted 20 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

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 disrupts normal brain function. Besides headache, it can lead to post-traumatic stress, depression and sleep disorders, as well as problems with thinking and muscle control, the researchers explained. The researchers assessed the number of vets with the worst headaches, which were described as "disabling" or "severe." A disabling headache was one so bad the veteran stopped all activity and was bedridden. A severe headache meant the vet could do only the most essential tasks; activity decreased by 50 ... Read more

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Non-Opioid Drug More Effective for Migraines: Study

Posted 19 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

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 year. The opioid painkiller "hydromorphone is given in about 25 percent of all emergency department visits for acute migraine. However, it's well known that the use of prescription opioids can lead to serious risks of addiction, abuse and overdose and adversely impact treatment of migraine," said Dr. Peter Goadsby, chairman of the American Headache Society's Scientific Program Committee. The new study was led by Dr. Benjamin Friedman of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. The ... Read more

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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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New Drugs Show Promise as First to Prevent Migraine

Posted 9 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 – A host of new drugs that appear to prevent migraine headaches are in the final stages of testing and approval in the United States. "What's really exciting about this is that until this development, we have not had a migraine-specific preventive at all," said Dr. Peter Goadsby, a professor of neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. These are the first drugs to prevent migraine made specifically for migraine patients, said Goadsby. He led a research trial, with findings scheduled for presentation Saturday at an American Headache Society meeting, in Boston. The new injectable drugs work by blocking a migraine-related protein called the calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) or the receptor it acts on. "CGRP is a small molecule that's released from pain nerves in the head, and is a key part of the process of migraine," said Goadsby. Migraine is a ... Read more

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Tattoo Artists Risk Serious Pain in the Neck

Posted 21 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – That "ink" on your shoulder may have hurt the tattoo artist more than it hurt you. A small study – touted as the first to measure the causes of aches and pains in tattoo artists – points to widespread back and neck problems among them. "There's no such thing as an official 'tattoo chair,' so artists adapt dental chairs or massage tables to make a client comfortable, and then they hunch over the client to create the tattoo," said study co-author Carolyn Sommerich. The result: The artists perch forward, often crane their necks and place considerable strain on the trapezius muscles of the upper back. These muscles are a common problem area when it comes to back and neck pain. Sommerich, director of the Engineering Laboratory for Human Factors/Ergonomics/Safety at Ohio State University, and her colleagues published their findings in a recent issue of the journal ... Read more

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Health Tip: Identifying Signs of the Common Cold

Posted 24 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Feeling under the weather? It's important to know whether you the common cold or something more serious. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says common-cold symptoms may include: Sore throat. Cough. Sneezing and runny nose. Body aches. Headache. The common cold is most likely during winter and spring, though you can get a cold at any time. Symptoms usually subside in seven-to-10 days. Some people with a compromised immune system or respiratory problems may develop pneumonia as a complication. 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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Migraine Linked to Higher Stroke Risk After Surgery

Posted 11 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 – Migraine sufferers may face a slightly higher risk of stroke after an operation, a new study suggests. The risk appears greatest among those who experience migraine with aura, where the headache also includes a visual disturbance, such as the appearance of flashing lights. People with these types of migraines have more than double the risk of stroke after surgery compared to people without migraines, the study found. And the odds that someone who has migraines without aura will have a stroke after surgery are still 75 percent higher than people not afflicted by migraines, the study found. However, experts stressed that the absolute risk of anyone suffering a stroke after a surgery is still very low, so people with migraine shouldn't be alarmed. Even with the increased risk, only about six out of every 1,000 patients with migraines with aura will experience a ... 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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Brain Aneurysm: Lack of Awareness Can Cost Lives

Posted 5 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 – On March 19, 2015, Emmy-nominated news anchor and New York City TV journalist Lisa Colagrossi was on a routine assignment when she had what her husband, Todd Crawford, described as "a horrific coughing spell." Colagrossi was rushed to a local hospital's intensive care unit and placed on life support. Within 24 hours, the 49-year-old WABC-TV reporter was dead. The cause: the sudden rupture of an undiagnosed brain aneurysm. "At the time we knew nothing about the condition," recalled Crawford. "It turned out Lisa was experiencing at least one of the classic warning signs – the worst headache of her life – but we didn't take the proper steps to address it given our lack of knowledge. If we had, she might be here today." Besides her husband, Colagrossi left two young sons. Since that day, Crawford has worked tirelessly to turn his family's painful loss into a ... Read more

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