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  1. Snorting Carbon Dioxide May Relieve Migraines

    Sept. 27, 2005 (San Diego) -- Snorting carbon dioxide may help to relieve the throbbing pain of migraine headaches. In a new study of 77 migraine sufferers, 30% who sniffed carbon dioxide were pain-free two hours later, compared with only 9% of the 75 people given a placebo. "The amount of relief pr

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  2. Acupuncture May Help Tension Headaches

    July 28, 2005 -- Acupuncture may help tame tension headaches. German researchers tested acupuncture on 270 adults with tension headaches. Some patients got traditional acupuncture. Others got "minimal" acupuncture, with needles placed superficially at nonacupuncture points. A third group went on a w

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  3. Botox May Help Some Migraine Patients

    June 23, 2005 -- Botox may cut the number of migraine headaches in some patients. That's what researchers told members of the American Headache Society at their annual meeting in Philadelphia. Botox is famous for smoothing out wrinkles. The new study shows that its effects may be more than skin deep

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  4. Acupuncture May Be Useful for Migraines

    May 3, 2005 -- Study after study has shown acupuncture to be effective in treating a host of different ailments, but new research is raising questions about why the ancient Chinese practice works. Patients in the study suffering from frequent migraine headaches got better when treated with acupunctu

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  5. Headaches Increase as Weight Increases

    April 14, 2005 (Miami Beach, Fla.) -- The possibility of getting chronic daily headaches may be another reason for watching your weight. A new study shows that excess weight may increase the frequency and severity of headaches. "Obesity is a risk factor for chronic daily headaches," says Marcelo E.

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  6. Migraines With Aura Tied to Heart Disease Risk

    Feb. 22, 2005 - Migraine sufferers have twice the heart disease risk as nonsufferers, especially if the migraine is accompanied by an aura, new research shows. The study appears in the current issue of the journal Neurology. One-third of migraine sufferers have what's known as aura -- fleeting visua

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  7. Migraines Raise Stroke Risk

    Feb. 3, 2005 (New Orleans) -- Two new studies show migraine headaches, particularly ones that affect vision, are a risk factor for stroke in young people. Steven Kittner, MD, MPH, tells WebMD that a migraine with some type of visual change increases a woman's risk of having a stroke by 25% to 70%. K

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  8. Exercise Can Be a Pain in the -- Head

    When it comes to exercise and migraines, you've got two sides of a coin, says Lawrence Newman, MD, director of the Headache Institute at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York. Exercise can be an effective preventive measure against migraines in some people, he says, but in others, it can

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  9. Surgery for Migraines Looks Promising

    Dec. 30, 2004 -- New surgical procedures are offering relief from debilitating migraine headaches, research shows. The new surgical techniques were inspired by an unexpected side effect to facial plastic surgery - specifically, a forehead rejuvenation procedure. The report appears in the January iss

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  10. Kids' Migraines: Over-the-Counter Drugs Best

    Dec. 28, 2004 -- New drug-therapy guidelines for kids' migraines stress tried-and-true medicines -- and find newer drugs unproven. The guidelines say ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin, for example) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) are safe and effective for acute migraine pain in kids aged 6 years and older. T

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