Headaches

Headaches and the Holidays

It isn’t the stress of the holidays that affects me the most. In fact, I love the holidays because I get to spend time with my family. The only problem is that they live seven hours away (more if the weather is bad). So, when it comes to the holidays, it is the thought of all that traveling that does NOT leave visions of sugarplums dancing in my head.

When you live in the Upper Midwest, every drive during the winter is an adventure and this holiday season promises to be no different.

The Effects of Hallucinogens on Cluster Headaches

Hallucinogenic drugs are illegal in the U.S., but for people who have headaches so painful they’re commonly referred to as “suicide headaches,” these drugs might be the only answer. New studies from Dr. John Halpern of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School reveal that the use of psychedelics such as LSD and psilocybin (found in a type of mushroom) have helped many people suffering from cluster headaches, widely accepted as the most painful kind of headache.

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Headache Linked to Pollution?

Individuals suffering from headache might have a reason to start living green. A recent study from Chile reveals that increased levels of pollution in the air may contribute to headaches.

Researchers in Santiago Province, Chile studied the effects of various pollution factors including ozone, carbon monoxide, air pollutants and particulate matter associated with burning gasoline and other fossil fuels, on all types of headache.

Veterans Prone to Headaches

While Veterans’ Day reminds us to honor the brave soldiers who fought so hard for our country, lets not forget that many of them are still fighting in a different way today. A new study from the University of California, San Diego, suggests that veterans who suffered physical injuries or developed post-traumatic stress disorder after combat in Iraq or Afghanistan may suffer recurrent headaches.

According to the study, which surveyed 308 veterans, those who had suffered combat injuries were at greater risk of developing migraine headaches.

PastaQueen Runs to Benefit the National Headache Foundation

Although author Jennette Fulda had the will power to lose half her body weight, she did not have the magic power to get rid of the headache that she has had for over a year and a half.

Tired of the pain and countless treatments, Fulda, whose online alias is “PastaQueen,” decided she needed to take action.

Alternative Headache Therapies

Prescriptions medications do not solve every headache sufferer’s pain. The NHF website is a great resource to research and discover alternative headache treatment methods. Below are some quick descriptions of therapies that can be used to treat headache. 

 

Driving with Migraines

Laws against driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol are understandable. But what about driving under the influence of a migraine?

 

Migraine Sufferers are More Prone to Hangovers

While a headache after a night of drinking may be fairly common for the general public, new studies indicate that hangovers may be more prevalent in migraine sufferers. Researchers at the Jefferson Headache Center developed a model to study the effects of alcohol on rats who suffer recurrent migraines, compared to rats that do not get headaches.

Causes of Headaches in College Students

Many people experience headaches, often due to triggers related to their age, gender, health and overall lifestyle. College students are no different. In fact, these young and seemingly healthy individuals often lead lifestyles that put them at a very high risk for headaches.

Nearly all headaches experienced by college students are tension-type headaches. A tension-type headache causes non-throbbing, frequently bilateral pain.

Chocolate: Headache Friend or Foe?

The impact of chocolate on headaches has been a controversial topic in field of headache research. While studies on the effects of cocoa, a prominent ingredient in chocolate, have previously condemned it as a trigger for headaches, new research suggests that it may actually work to prevent headaches rather than cause them.

 

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