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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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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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Review Suggests Safe, Effective Ways to Relieve Pain Without Meds

Posted 1 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 – Popular drug-free methods of managing pain from such common conditions as headaches and arthritis appear to be effective, according to a new review. Millions of Americans seek pain relief through such alternatives as acupuncture, tai chi and yoga. But there has been little information to help doctors make recommendations about these approaches. "For many Americans who suffer from chronic pain, medications may not completely relieve pain and can produce unwanted side effects. As a result, many people may turn to nondrug approaches to help manage their pain," study lead author Richard Nahin said in a U.S. government news release. "Our goal for this study was to provide relevant, high-quality information for primary care providers and for patients who suffer from chronic pain," Nahin added. He is lead epidemiologist at the U.S. National Center for Complementary ... Read more

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Truth or Fib? When Kids Say They're Too Sick for School

Posted 22 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 – It's only a matter of time after school begins before parents have to deal with a child who doesn't feel well enough to go. If your child complains of a headache, he or she probably isn't faking, said Dr. Jennifer Caudle. She is an assistant professor of family medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, N.J. Stress, lack of sleep or changes in diet can all contribute to headaches in children at the start of a new school year, she said in a university news release. Most headaches can be treated with over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Parents should seek medical attention if their child has a headache related to injury. Medical attention is also needed if a child complaining of headache has a fever and stiff neck, or if vision is affected, the headache doesn't go away or if it causes the child to miss school or other activities, she ... Read more

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Alzheimer's May Hamper Ability to Perceive Pain

Posted 20 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 – Alzheimer's disease may affect people's ability to recognize when they are in pain, a new study shows. Undetected pain may allow underlying health issues to go untreated, leading to serious complications, such as organ damage, researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville cautioned. For the three-year study, the researchers tested two groups of adults who were aged 65 or older. One group was made up of people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, which affects thinking skills, memory and intellect. Members of the second group did not have the progressive neurological disease. The study used a device to subject participants to different heat sensations and asked them to report their pain levels. After the tests, the researchers analyzed self-reported pain. "We found that participants with Alzheimer's disease required higher temperatures to report sensing ... Read more

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Homing In on the Genetics of Migraine

Posted 27 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, June 26, 2016 – An international team of scientists has identified dozens of new genetic variants associated with migraine headaches. The researchers say their findings could lead to new treatments. Most of the variants are in or close to genes involved in circulatory system regulation. This supports the theory that abnormal blood vessel function in the brain is an important factor in migraines, the investigators said. "These genetic findings are the first concrete step towards developing personalized, evidence-based treatments for this very complex disease. We doctors have known for a long time that migraine patients differ from each other and the drugs that work for some patients are completely inefficient for others," said John-Anker Zwart, of Oslo University Hospital in Norway, who participated in the research. "In the future, we hope that this information can be utilized ... Read more

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Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More

Posted 24 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – Doctors prescribe antidepressants for a wide range of medical problems other than depression, apparently fueling the boom in sales of these medications, researchers report. Depression accounts for only a little more than half the antidepressant prescriptions issued by Quebec physicians during the past decade, the Canadian study found. Doctors also issued antidepressants to treat anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, panic disorders, fibromyalgia, migraine, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and a host of other "off-label" conditions for which the drugs are not approved, according to the report. Two out of every three non-depression prescriptions for antidepressants were handed out under an off-label purpose, the findings showed. "The thing that's of concern here is that when prescribing for conditions other than depression, often these are for indications such as ... 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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5 Warning Signs of Stroke

Posted 13 May 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 – Knowing five sudden and severe warning signs of stroke can help save lives and reduce the number of people living with disabilities, a stroke expert says. " 'Sudden' and 'severe' are key words, but if in doubt, do not take chances," Dr. Doojin Kim, a neurologist at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, said in a hospital news release. The American Stroke Association urges anyone who notices the following sudden and severe signs of stroke to immediately dial 911: Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body). Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech. Sudden vision problems in one or both eyes. Sudden difficulty walking or dizziness, loss of balance or problems with coordination. Severe headache with no known cause. Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. People having a ... 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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Health Tip: Keeping Kids in Pain Comfortable

Posted 18 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Pain may slow a child's recovery from illness or injury. Medication can help, but there are other ways to keep kids comfortable. The University of Michigan Health System advises: Offer plenty of love, comfort and support. Soothe your child with extra hugs and cuddles. Keep your child calm and don't let him or her feel anxious, which can worsen pain. Try heat therapy or cold packs, soothing music or gentle massage. 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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Sleepwalkers Feel No Pain When Injured: Study

Posted 6 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2015 – Some sleepwalkers don't feel pain when they suffer an injury – even a severe one – during a sleepwalking episode, a new study finds. But sleepwalkers are at increased risk for headaches and migraines when they're awake, the researchers added. The researchers assessed 100 sleepwalkers and a control group of 100 people with normal sleep habits, and found that the sleepwalkers were nearly four times more likely to suffer headaches and 10 times more likely to suffer migraines. Among the 47 who had suffered at least one injury during sleepwalking, 79 percent said they did not feel pain at the time and remained asleep despite the injury, according to the study in the November issue of the journal Sleep. "Our most surprising result was the lack of pain perception during the sleepwalking episodes," principal investigator Regis Lopez, a psychiatrist and sleep medicine ... Read more

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People Have Less Faith in Generic Drugs, Study Suggests

Posted 5 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 – Brand-name drugs may offer more value, but not in the way you'd expect, a new study from New Zealand suggests. The research finds that placebo painkillers labeled with a brand name prompted as much headache relief as tablets containing the painkiller ibuprofen. But placebo pills with generic labels didn't have the same effect, the study revealed. Scientists and physicians have long known about the "placebo effect" in which some people feel better if they think they're getting an actual medication. The new study, although small and only in college students, suggests that not all placebos are created equally. In fact, "having a brand-name label made a placebo tablet work as well as an active painkiller," said study lead author Kate Faasse, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Auckland. The study was published recently in the journal Health ... Read more

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