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Archive for January 2013

Nearby lightning may be linked to migraines

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Andrew M. Seaman

Weather has long been considered one of many potential migraine triggers, but a new study links lightning, specifically, to the onset of the severe headaches that plague more than 28 million Americans.

Based on headache logs and weather data for Ohio and Missouri, researchers found that people were 28 percent more likely to experience a migraine on days when lightning struck within 25 miles of their home.

Turning Straw Into Gold

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Illness through a Buddhist lens by Toni Bernhard, J.D.

5 Tough Choices You Face When Chronically Ill or in Pain

Suffering from chronic pain or illness—or, as is often the case, both—can feel like a full-time job. One reason for this is that we must constantly assess and evaluate if we’re managing our health and our relationships as skillfully as possible. This ongoing decision making makes up a major part of the workload in this full-time job—a position we certainly never applied for!

Migraine Sufferers Stigmatized Because of Their Condition: Study

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Those around them don't take their attacks seriously, consider them unreliable, expert says

People who suffer from frequent migraines are stigmatized in much the same way as people with epilepsy are, new research suggests.

"This study is providing evidence for what we all sort of knew was the case," said Dr. Noah Rosen, director of the Headache Center at the Cushing Neuroscience Institute at North Shore-LIJ Health System, in Manhasset, N.Y. He was not involved in the research.

PTSD plus Tinnitus Make Everyday Noise Tough to Take

Posted by Kerrie Denner

by Matthew Coleman

When Marc Fagelson, PhD, a professor of audiology at East Tennessee State University, noticed that some of his tinnitus patients rated themselves as more troubled by the condition than others, he completed an extensive chart review. These patients all had one thing in common: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  

Beat the Winter Blues

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Shedding Light on Seasonal Sadness

As the days get shorter, many people find themselves feeling sad. You might feel blue around the winter holidays, or get into a slump after the fun and festivities have ended. Some people have more serious mood changes year after year, lasting throughout the fall and winter when there’s less natural sunlight. What is it about the darkening days that can leave us down in the dumps? And what can we do about it?

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