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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Migraines May Increase Stroke Risk

    Dec. 14, 2004 -- Migraine sufferers have double the risk of strokes, a new study shows. And those who also take birth control pills have about eight times the risk, say researchers. However, people should not get too upset - unless they smoke, the researchers say. "I have been receiving emails from

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  8. Melatonin May Help Prevent Migraines

    Sept. 9, 2004 -- Taking melatonin 30 minutes before bedtime can help curb migraine headaches, according to a small study by Brazilian scientists. Melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain's pineal gland; it helps regulate sleep-wake cycles. Imbalances in the level of melatonin in the body may be

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  9. Migraine Headaches, Sex Hormones Linked

    Aug. 20, 2004 -- A small group of Dutch male-to-female sex-change patients may have helped unravel some of the mystery of migraine headaches. Scientists already knew that women report getting migraines three times as often as men. But what explains the gender difference? Thinking that sex hormones m

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  10. FDA Approves Topamax for Preventing Migraines

    Aug. 12, 2004 -- A drug commonly used to control epilepsy seizures may also control migraine headaches. Today the FDA approved the drug Topamax for preventing migraine headaches in adults.   Nearly 14 million Americans suffer frequent or severe migraines, but only about one in 10 takes prevention me

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