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What Factors Really Predict Migraine Onset?

Factors like sleep, energy levels and stress can predict the onset of a migraine headache, a new study finds.

Those factors differed from the morning to the afternoon and evening, however.

Poor perceived sleep quality, lower-than-usual quality of sleep and lower-than-usual energy levels are associated with a morning migraine, according to the report published online Jan. 24 in the j...

Migraines Could Raise Crash Risks for Older Drivers

Migraines are not only extremely painful, but they also appear to pose a driving risk for seniors, a new study warns.

Older adult drivers recently diagnosed with migraines are three times more likely to be involved in a car crash, researchers reported recently in the

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  • Migraine? Reach for Prescription Meds, Not Ibuprofen

    Migraine sufferers would do better to talk to their doctor about a prescription drug than reaching for a bottle of ibuprofen, a new study finds.

    Drugs like triptans, ergots and anti-emetics can be two to five times more effective for treating migraines than ibuprofen, according to a report published Nov. 30 in the journal Neurology.

    “These results confirm that triptans sh...

    Could the Neck Be to Blame for Common Headaches?

    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2023 (Healthday News) -- Your neck muscles could be giving you headaches, claims new German research that used special MRI scans to spot the connection.

    “Our imaging approach provides [the] first objective evidence for the very frequent involvement of the neck muscles in primary headaches, such as neck pain in migraine or tension-type headache, using the ability to q...

    Solving the Mystery of Why Red Wine Gives Some Folks Headaches

    Countless corks will pop and wine will flow freely during the upcoming holiday season, but some people will pay a price for even the slightest bit of revelry.

    For those unlucky folks, drinking red wine even in small amounts causes a headache, typically within 30 minutes to three hours after imbibing just a small glass.

    But researchers now think they've cracked the mystery of why som...

    Childhood Trauma Raises Odds for Adult Headaches

    Children who live through trauma may be prone to having headaches as an adult.

    New research found an association between headache disorders and traumatic events in childhood, such as abuse, neglect or household dysfunction.

    “Traumatic events in childhood can have serious health implications later in life,” said study author

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  • October 26, 2023
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  • Affording Health Care Now a Struggle for Half of Americans: Poll

    More than half of working-age Americans struggle to afford their health care and many forgo care, possibly risking their health, according to a new survey.

    The Commonwealth Fund survey queried more than 7,800 individuals aged 19 and up between April and July.

    The survey found that 51% of these Americans struggled to afford their health care, with 32% living with medical debt.

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    What Is That Ice Cream-Induced 'Brain Freeze,' Anyway?

    Anyone who has quickly slurped up a milkshake or chomped on a snow cone knows the sharp, brief pain of "brain freeze."

    Its cause is a mystery, but it's not harmful, according to experts at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

    “It is very common and happens more frequently in children,” said

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  • August 24, 2023
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  • Bullying Could Help Bring on Headaches for Teens

    So, your high schooler has been complaining of headaches. Should you worry?

    Maybe, claims new research that finds bullying and suicidal thoughts are both linked to more frequent headaches in teens.

    “Headaches are a common problem for teenagers, but our study looked beyond the biological factors to also consider the psychological and social factors that are associated with headache...

    Ketamine Nasal Spray Could Be New Treatment for Migraines

    A nasal spray containing ketamine might help relieve migraine headaches when other treatments fail, a new study suggests.

    Ketamine is a synthetic anesthetic with hallucinogenic effects that is sometimes used intravenously for migraine headaches. It's being tried for treatment-resistant depression, too. But it's also a potentially addictive "party" drug so it is not for everyone.

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    How to Relieve a Stress Headache

    You had a rough day at work and got stuck in traffic on the way home, and suddenly your head starts pounding.

    Stress headaches can be debilitating in the moment, but you don't have to suffer indefinitely.

    If you're struggling with stress, you're not alone. More than one-quarter of adults in the United States reported they're too stressed out...

    Migraines May Follow Daily Circadian Cycles, Study Shows

    Your body's internal clock appears to play a big part in the time of day when severe headaches happen.

    Migraines and cluster headaches have different characteristics and treatments, but experts have long noted that they share key features: Both are neurological diseases in their own right, rather than symptoms of another underlying condition. And because neither can be easily identified ...

    Unraveling the Link Between Menstrual Cycles and Migraine

    Many women experience blinding migraine headaches around their monthly period, and now researchers have a clue about why.

    Levels of the female hormone estrogen fluctuate during menstruation, which may lead to increases in calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP). This protein widens blood vessels in the brain, which is part of the cascade of events that cause migraines.

    “Women with ...

    Cluster Headaches May Be Tougher for Women

    Cluster headaches are more common in men, but may be more severe for women, according to a new study.

    Researchers surveyed almost 900 patients diagnosed with cluster headache -- short-lasting but extremely painful headaches that can occur many days or even weeks in a row. The survey asked about symptoms, medications, headache triggers and lifestyle habits.

    "Cluster headache is still...

    Cluster Headaches Often Joined by Other Illnesses

    Having short, painful headaches for many days or even weeks in a row may signal that you're more likely to have other medical woes, researchers say.

    These "cluster headaches" are extremely painful and can last from 15 minutes to three hours at a time. And people who have them may be more than three times more likely to have other medical conditions, such as heart disease or mental disorde...

    Women With Migraines Face Higher Odds for Complications in Pregnancy

    A history of migraine headaches could make a woman more prone to pregnancy complications, such as issues with blood pressure or preterm birth, according to a new study.

    "We now know migraines may be an underrecognized risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcomes," said study co-author Dr. Natalie Bello, director of hypertension research in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai in Los An...

    8/9 -- Pandemic Brought More Woes for Kids Prone to Headaches

    Add more frequent headaches in kids who are already vulnerable to them to the list of ills associated with the pandemic.

    Before the pandemic, 60% of kids reported headaches on less than 15 days of the month. After the start of the pandemic, this number fell to 50%. W...

    Who'll Get Long COVID? Just a Look at a Patient Gives Clues

    Sometimes just looking at a person can give clues to their likelihood of developing long COVID after a bout with the virus.

    For example, obese people are five times more likely to suffer long COVID symptoms that persist at least three months after their infection clears, a major new U.S. s...

    Acupuncture Might Ease Tension Headaches

    Tension headaches can make you feel like a vice is squeezing your entire head, and if you're among the millions prone to these crushing headaches, a new study brings some welcome news.

    Acupuncture may help prevent tension

    Neuro Symptoms of Long COVID May Persist for Months

    Many COVID-19 long-haulers still have neurological symptoms such as headaches, fatigue and memory problems six months later, new research shows.

    The findings are the first from an ongoing study of long-haulers by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

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  • Only 1 in 4 Long COVID Sufferers Fully Recovered One Year Later

    A year after being hospitalized with COVID-19, only about 25% of people felt fully recovered, a new study shows, and the risk of long COVID was highest among women, obese people and those who were on a ventilator.

    There are no specific treatments for

    Half of World's People Suffer From Headaches

    If you suffer from headaches, you have plenty of company.

    Headaches afflict half of the world's population, and women are more likely to get them than men, a new paper says.

    "We found that the prevalence of headache disorders remains high worldwide and the burden of different types may impact many. We should endeavor to reduce this burden through prevention and better treatment," sa...

    Regular Use of Acetaminophen Tied to Higher Heart Risks

    Acetaminophen may do wonders for a headache, but using it for long-term pain relief could prove risky for people with high blood pressure, a new clinical trial suggests.

    Over two weeks of use, the painkiller caused blood pressure to spike in people who already had elevated numbers, the researchers found. That was true whether they were on blood pressure medication or not.

    The findin...

    COVID Can Affect Brains of Hospitalized Kids

    The coronavirus can leave more than 40% of children hospitalized for COVID-19 with headaches and other lingering neurological symptoms, a new study claims.

    And the kids who developed these headaches or experienced an altered mental status known as acute encephalopathy were more ...

    What Does 'Long COVID' Look Like in Kids?

    Long COVID can be tough to diagnose in children, but there are a number of things to look for.

    “Many children don't have any symptoms when they have a COVID infection,” said Dr. Sindhu Mohandas, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and attending physician at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. “So if the symptoms of long COVID appear later, it can be difficult to link them to the ...

    Switch to Plant-Based Diet Rid Man of Chronic Migraines

    People who live with chronic migraines suffer intense throbbing and pulsing, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and vomiting.

    Could a plant-based diet, credited with a variety of positive health impacts, also help ease these chronic symptoms?

    It might.

    Researchers in New York have published a case study of one man with severe chronic migraines who had tried everything to c...

    Long COVID Can Last a Year; Many Sufferers Quit Jobs

    Patients suffering from "long COVID" can have symptoms that last a year or more, putting their jobs and everyday routines in jeopardy, a new study finds.

    Looking at more than 150 people with long-lasting effects from COVID-19, researchers said the patients reported thinking problems, fatigue, brain fog, headache, sleep problems and dizziness.

    "The majority of people who we studied h...

    Study Probes Relationship Between Migraines and Sleep

    Do migraines cause poor sleep or does poor sleep cause migraines?

    Though it's hard to say, it does appear that there's a difference in how well people with migraine think they sleep and how well they really do.

    A large research analysis published online Sept. 22 in the journal Neurology found that adults and children with migraine headaches may get less quality REM sleep t...

    Migraines and More Severe Hot Flashes Could Be Linked

    Women with a history of migraine headaches may suffer severe hot flashes during menopause, and this combo may boost their risk for heart disease, researchers say.

    Migraine doesn't cause more or worse hot flashes -- or vice versa. But both are believed to be related to changes in blood vessels known as neurovascular dysregulation, according to Dr. Stephanie Faubion, medical director of the...

    Experimental Drug Could Cut Migraine Frequency

    A new pill specifically designed to prevent migraines appears to do the job, a new clinical trial finds.

    Atogepant cut patients' migraine days in half over 12 weeks of treatment, without causing serious side effects, the researchers said.

    Experts said the drug, if approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, would give migraine sufferers a welcome new option.

    "There's a ...

    When Are Head Injury Risks Highest for Young Soccer Players?

    Young soccer players have more head impacts during practices but experience more severe head impacts during games, a small, preliminary study shows.

    The findings could help devise ways to improve head impact safety in youth soccer, according to the researchers.

    "Headers are a fundamental component to the sport of soccer. Therefore, it is important to understand differences in header...

    Virtual Roller Coaster Ride Study Brings New Insights Into Migraine

    Roller coasters race up, down, over and back again at breakneck speeds, but if you are one of the millions of people who get migraines, the risks may not be worth the thrill.

    A new study by German researchers shows that folks who get migraines will more likely feel motion sickness and dizziness after a virtual roller coaster ride, compared with people who don't get these blinding headache...

    Geneticists Probe Origins of Painful Cluster Headaches

    The causes of a type of excruciating headache known as cluster headaches aren't clear, but heredity is known to play a role. Now, genetic factors associated with cluster headaches are under investigation as scientists search for more effective treatments.

    Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden analyzed blood samples from more than 600 people with cluster headaches. They li...

    Can You Eat Your Way to Fewer Migraines?

    Eating lots of fatty fish and cutting out polyunsaturated fats may reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines, a new study suggests.

    Omega-3 fatty acids from fish like tuna, salmon, bluefish and mackerel may help manage migraine, especially in tandem with eliminating omega-6 fatty acids from vegetable oils, the researchers found.

    "It's moderate evidence that diet changes can de...

    What Works Best to Ease Migraines?

    A new research review offers good news for migraine sufferers: There are more pain-relieving options than ever.

    In an analysis of over 100 published studies, researchers found that several drug classes showed good evidence they ease the pain of a migraine-in-progress.

    Some of those medications have only become available in the past few years, opening up new options for migraine suff...

    A Real Headache: Racism Plays Role in Migraine Care

    The color of your skin may very well determine how your headache gets treated, a new study warns.

    The same percentage of white, Black and Hispanic Americans - about 15% - suffer from severe headaches and/or migraines, the investigators noted.

    But the current analysis, conducted by 16 headache disorder experts, found that Black men are far less likely to receive headache treatment; t...

    Long-Haul COVID Symptoms? Getting Vaccine Won't Make You Feel Worse, Study Finds

    COVID survivors can relax when it comes to vaccination: A new study shows that getting immunized will not worsen any symptoms that linger long after infection, such as breathing difficulties, fatigue and insomnia.

    The encouraging takeaway is based on a small analysis that looked at how 44 "long-haul" British COVID patients fared after being inoculated with the first dose of either the Pfi...

    Migraine Before Menopause Could Be Linked to High Blood Pressure Later

    If you suffered migraine headaches before menopause, you're at higher risk for high blood pressure once your periods stop, a new study warns.

    Migraines occur more often in women than men, and are most common in the years before menopause, according to study author Gianluca Severi of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Paris.

    "Doctors may want to consider ...

    Could Chronic Sinusitis Affect Brain Health?

    As if the headaches and stuffy nose aren't bad enough, chronic sinus trouble often leaves patients foggy-headed and depressed. Now, new research suggests one possible reason why: Sinusitis may trigger changes in brain activity.

    "Chronic sinusitis is incredibly common," said study lead author Dr. Aria Jafari. Upwards of 11% of all Americans are affected, added Jafari, an assistant profess...

    Sluggish Coworker? Maybe They 'Pigged Out' Last Night

    Midnight snacks might feel satisfying in the moment -- but they can also knock people off their game at work the next day, a new study suggests.

    The study, which followed nearly 100 employees, found a connection between "unhealthy" eating in the evening and under-performance at work the next day.

    In general, people tended to be disengaged at work when they felt they'd overindulged t...

    Eye Care Is Key When You're Working From Home

    If you're one of the many people who've switched to working at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, you need to take care of your eyes, the American Academy of Ophthalmology says.

    Staring at a screen too long can lead to digital eye strain. Symptoms include blurry vision, headaches and tired, dry eyes. It happens because we blink less often when using screens. Blinking keeps the surface of ...

    Half of COVID Survivors Struggle With Depression: Study

    To the lingering damage of COVID-19 infection, add this side effect: New research shows that more than half of those sickened by COVID-19 report depression.

    Among more than 3,900 people who had COVID-19 surveyed between May 2020 and January 2021, 52% suffered symptoms of major depression, researchers found.

    "People who have been ill with COVID-19 can experience depressive symptoms f...

    Pot May Not Be the Best Rx for a Migraine

    If you decide to try pot to relieve your migraine, new research suggests you could be asking for trouble.

    In fact, marijuana use was linked to rebound headaches, which can occur when pain medication is overused, scientists noted.

    "This study shows that there is some kind of association between cannabis use and medication overuse headache in people with chronic migraine, but it is un...

    Migraines? Get Moving: Exercise Can Help Curb Attacks

    Anyone who gets frequent migraine symptoms knows the experience: the throbbing, the pain, the visual disturbances.

    Exercise has long been a potential way to reduce migraine triggers, but a new study suggests it could be an especially effective with triggers such stress, depression and trouble sleeping.

    "It's a complex relationship, but we know that exercise, generally speaking, help...

    Why Your 2nd Dose of COVID Vaccine Is Likely to Feel Worse

    His second COVID-19 vaccine shot wiped Dr. Greg Poland out.

    Poland, 65, said he suffered five hours of shaking chills, fever up to 101 degrees, severe headache, nausea, ringing in his ears and a sore arm after getting his booster dose of the Moderna vaccine.

    "I've never had a reaction to a vaccine like that," said Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "Ironic...

    For Rising Number of People, Obesity Is a Literal Headache

    As worldwide obesity rates continue to soar, new research shows that growing numbers of people are developing a potentially blinding type of weight-linked headache that was once considered rare.

    Though the study was conducted in Wales, one U.S. expert said the same surge in these headaches is likely happening in this country and elsewhere, but he cautioned that just because someone is obe...

    Can Mindfulness Help Ease Migraine?

    A mind-body practice that combines meditation and yoga might help people better manage migraine pain, a new clinical trial finds.

    The trial, which tested the effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), found that the approach helped relieve migraine sufferers' depression and disability. It also boosted how they rated their quality of life.

    MBSR is a standardized, eight-wee...

    Later School Start Time, Fewer Migraines for Teens?

    Later school start times for teenagers might help those who struggle with migraines, a new study suggests.

    Starting school later in the morning could reduce the number of migraines each month for these students, the researchers said. The delayed start would be a nod to teens' later-to-bed, later-to-rise body clocks.

    "Evidence suggests that there is a relationship between sleep and ...

    Dirty Air Endangers Homeless People: Study

    Air pollution poses a threat to homeless people's mental and physical health, researchers say.

    They asked 138 homeless people in Salt Lake City about when and how they knew the air was polluted and how air pollution makes them feel. They also examined their health records.

    More than half the people said they'd had physical reactions to air pollution (such as headaches and difficulty...

    Why Do Gay and Lesbian People Get More Migraines?

    Could migraine risk be affected by sexual orientation? A new study suggests that the answer may be yes.

    After tracking migraines among thousands of American adults, investigators found that men and women who identify as gay, bisexual or mostly but not exclusively heterosexual have a notably higher migraine risk.

    "Lesbian, gay or bisexual individuals were 58% more ...