Topic: headaches

Cool Fact: Lightning Could Be A Cause Of Migraines And Headaches

Cool Fact: Lightning Could Be A Cause Of Migraines And Headaches

Health studies often range from controversial to uninformative (and are often misinterpreted by the media), but every once in awhile researchers come along with new discoveries that are just kind of interesting to read about. In today’s benign-but-cool news: A University of Cincinatti professor and his son (a med student) found that lightning could be a cause of migraines and headaches; in a small-scale experiment, they found that subjects who lived within a 25 mile radius of a lightning bolt were 24% more likely to experience migraines (and 23% more likely to get a headache) on the day when it hit. More »

Got Migraines? Shock Treatment Could Be On The Way

Got Migraines? Shock Treatment Could Be On The Way

As a kid, I could always tell when my father was having a migraine. He would get this horribly pained expression on his face, take a couple giant Ibuprofen, start dimming or turning off all the lights in whatever room he sat it and get extremely quiet, putting his fingers up to his forehead just like the woman above. It always made all of us sad, but there was really nothing that could be done; unfortunately, when it comes to migraines, most people afflicted wind up just waiting them out. More »

Ultimate Yoga: Get Headaches To Back Off

Ultimate Yoga: Get Headaches To Back Off

Today’s Ultimate Yoga focuses on getting relief from a headache. Because daily stress is a major contributor to that throbbing pain, it is important to relax the mind and body and clear the clutter and tension you are feeling. Headaches can also be attributed to bad posture and muscle fatigue. In fact, sitting with your head slightly forward with rounded shoulders and a curved upper back can bring one on. So practicing yoga that reduces stress while increasing your body awareness can prevent those annoying headaches from happening. More »

Stroke Report: How To Identify The Warning Signs

Stroke Report: How To Identify The Warning Signs

The Globe And Mail is reporting on an alarming statistic, that one in three women cannot identify the warning signs of stroke, which (at least in part) makes strokes more likely to be fatal in men than women. A study conducted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation also found that many women also aren’t aware of stroke risks, which include high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, and a lack of physical activity. This is particularly worrying, considering that 80% of strokes are preventable. I wanted to test this theory so I took to Twitter to see how many people could identify the stroke warning signs without googling them. More »

Fluorescent Lights: Ugly AND a Migraine Trigger?

Fluorescent Lights: Ugly AND a Migraine Trigger?

People get migraines from stress, from not eating, and from being overtired — but do fluorescent lights also cause them? A recent post on the New York Times Well Blog reports that several readers have experienced migraines after being in a room with fluorescent lighting. Doctors claim there isn’t scientific evidence to support this claim, but there is an explanation for why some people associate the two. More »