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People taking heartburn meds have a higher risk of migraines and other types of severe headaches, a new study warns.

All classes of acid-reducing drugs -- proton pump inhibitors, H2 blockers, and even antacids -- appear to promote an increased risk of migraine and headache, results show.

“Given the wide usage of acid-reducing drugs and these potential implications with migraine, t...

Among U.S. women with migraine, a third say the attacks tend to coincide with their periods, a new survey finds.

Migraines that occur during menstruation are often frequent and severe, but only about one in five respondents said they used medications aimed at preventing the headaches.

“If you have migraines related to your menstrual cycle, discuss this with your gynecologist or n...

Migraines in young adults appear to increase their risk of stroke more than traditional risk factors like high blood pressure, a new study reports.

Results show that migraine is the most important non-traditional risk factor for stroke among adults ages 18 to 34, accounting for 20% of strokes in men and nearly 35% in women.

Overall, non-traditional risk factors were associated with ...

Astronauts who have never had headaches may develop migraines and other tension-type headaches for the first time when they go into space.

A side effect of zero gravity, these headaches start with motion sickness as astronauts adapt to long-haul space flight, according to new research published March 13 in the journal

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  • March 15, 2024
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  • Vaping and skipped meals appear to be the main causes of frequent headaches among teens, a new study says.

    Teens who ate breakfast and dinner with their family had a lower risk of frequent headaches than those who regularly missed meals, researchers report Feb. 28 in the journal Neurology.

    Meanwhile, vaping also was associated with frequent headaches for those 12 to 17, res...

    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 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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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

  • Cara Murez and Diane Moy HealthDay Reporters
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  • October 26, 2023
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  • 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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    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

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 24, 2023
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  • 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...

    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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    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...

    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 ...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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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  • 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.

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    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...