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Sulfites Probably Aren't Causing Your Wine Headache

Don't let the label warning mislead you

(Newser) - Wine bottles are often marked with the phrase "contains sulfites," and drinking wine can cause headaches. But for most people, those two facts are unlikely to be related, writes Lettie Teague in the Wall Street Journal . That sulfite warning was the result of a legislative effort by the... More »

Scientists Find a Way to Cut Wine Hangovers

It's all in the yeast

(Newser) - If wine tends to give you a hangover, science may have a solution, and it starts with a "genome knife." The phrase refers to an enzyme called RNA-guided Cas9 nuclease that's able to knock down a longstanding hurdle to genetic engineering in fermented foods, a researcher at... More »

First Medical Device for Migraines Is Approved

FDA gives OK to headband that delivers electrical impulses

(Newser) - Migraine sufferers will soon be able to strap on a headband and try to zap away the pain through electrical impulses. It sounds a little futuristic, but the FDA has approved just a headband from Belgium's Cefaly, reports Reuters . It's the first medical device approved for the treatment... More »

Former Fan: Google Glass Is a Headache—Literally

Chris Barrett thinks gadget should come with a health warning

(Newser) - Should Google Glass come with a health warning? Chris Barrett thinks so. Barrett was once one of Glass's top champions. He was the first to film an arrest with it, and even convinced Bon Jovi's keyboard player to wear it onstage. But now he rarely wears the device,... More »

Migraines May Change Brain Structure

But scientists aren't sure whether this is a big cause for concern

(Newser) - Those with the misfortune to suffer regular migraines should know that those headaches aren't just knocking them off their feet—they seem to be causing physical changes to the brain, reports AFP . Researchers say that migraine sufferers, especially those who experience symptoms such as sensitivity to light and dizziness... More »

That Headache? Could Be What You Ate

Even 'healthy' foods can cause headaches, expert say

(Newser) - Blaming your headache on stress, lack of sleep, or that extra drink you had last night? All are possible causes, but researchers say that ordinary foods can cause headaches as well, the Wall Street Journal reports. The biological links are poorly understood—and one person's yummy snack may be... More »

Scientists Finally Figure Out 'Brain Freeze'

Which could spell good news for migraine sufferers

(Newser) - Why must a shooting pain so often accompany a delicious bite of ice cream? In their work to learn more about migraines, scientists may have figured it out, LiveScience reports. Using the previously established findings that migraine-sufferers have the double whammy of more frequent brain freeze, the researchers decided to... More »

Could Debilitating Migraines Bring Bachmann Down?

Stress-induced headaches leave her unable to 'function at all': sources

(Newser) - An odd issue regarding Michele Bachmann has come to the surface, causing some to question her ability to serve as president of the US: severe headaches. Bachmann suffers from migraines, three sources tell the Daily Caller , and the stress-induced episodes are fairly frequent and quite debilitating. One former adviser says... More »

3D Movies Are Worthless

Images confuse the brain, interfere with moviewatching

(Newser) - Roger Ebert has never been a friend of the recent resurgence of 3D movies. But now he's got proof that the technique is just plain broken, and certainly not worth the extra dollars charged at theaters, he writes for the Chicago Sun-Times . After trashing the 3D aspect of Green Hornet,... More »

Best Hangover Cure: Aspirin and ...

Study finds cause, and cure, of hangover headaches

(Newser) - Forget about hangover remedies like raw eggs, hair of the dog, or yoga —simple caffeine and a painkiller are best for easing an alcohol-induced sore head, according to a new study. Neurologist Michael Oshinsky and colleagues used ethanol to induce hangover-like headaches in rats. They found that the caffeine... More »

Migraines, Depression May Share Genetic Link

Findings reverse idea that headaches cause depression

(Newser) - Conventional wisdom holds that bad headaches lead to bad moods, but a new study points to a genetic link between the two. "Most people think that migraine patients are depressed because they have headaches," one researcher tells Time . "We found that there is a genetic predisposition by... More »

Cindy McCain Declares War on Migraines

Launches public campaign on behalf of headache research

(Newser) - Cindy McCain has publicly survived everything from miscarriage to stroke to a painkiller addiction—but the malady she took aim at last week was one she's endured in secret: migraines. “I’ve missed part of my life,” she told an American Headache Society luncheon. “People don’t... More »

Docs Urge Caution on Plastic Surgery for Migraines

Plastic surgery may not help majority of migraine sufferers

(Newser) - The New York Times weighs in today on the recent study that showed plastic surgery to be effective in curing, or at least cutting the frequency of, migraine headaches. Headache specialists are intrigued but concerned that even if they're not good candidates, patients will rush to have the forehead lifts,... More »

Plastic Surgery May Cure Migraines

(Newser) - A novel plastic-surgery procedure on the forehead could cure migraines entirely, Time reports. The surgery removes certain muscles—or “migraine triggers”—around the trigeminal nerve branches, which some think are the source of the painful headaches; it also smoothes wrinkles. In a recent study, more than half of... More »

Warmer Weather Triggers Migraines

Jumps in outdoor temperature linked to increased migraine risk

(Newser) - A new study adds weight to the belief held by many who suffer migraines that weather changes can trigger headaches, Bloomberg reports. Harvard researchers compared weather data against the records of 7000 patients diagnosed with severe headaches and discovered the risk of headaches rose 7.5% for every 9-degree rise... More »

Migraines Lower Breast Cancer Risk: Study

Researchers see low estrogen levels as common denominator

(Newser) - A history of migraine headaches can reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer, Reuters reports. The odd correlation has emerged from research done by cancer doctors in Seattle. “Overall, women who had a history of migraines had a 30% lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who... More »

Migraines Can Kill Adulterers: Study

Italian researchers discover stress of extra-marital affairs can lead to fatal headaches

(Newser) - Deadly migraines can be caused by cheating on one’s spouse, the Telegraph reports. An Italian study found that the devastating headaches can turn fatal when coupled with an extra-marital affair. Migraines “can be exacerbated by a series of factors like aphrodisiac food, performance-enhancing drugs, physical strain and psychological... More »

Magnetic Pulse Heads Off Migraines

New device prevents pain without the side effects of drugs

(Newser) - For some of the 13% of Americans who suffer from migraine headaches, help might be only a button-click away, Gizmag reports. A new hand-held device works by sending a painless magnetic pulse through the brain, effectively scrambling the signals that would otherwise lead from the "aura" phase of the... More »

Migraines Aren't Just Annoying

New studies link the headaches to increased risk of heart attacks and strokes

(Newser) - Migraine headaches have been linked to more serious health problems by a number of new studies, the Boston Globe reports. People who suffer from migraines, especially those involving visual disturbances, have higher risk of heart attacks and strokes. Doctors aren't sure why, but are increasingly treating migraines as warning signs... More »

Hypertension Linked to Fewer Migraines

High blood pressure may interfere with pain signals

(Newser) - Beta blockers and other medications that lower blood pressure are routinely prescribed for migraines, but now a new study has discovered that people with high blood pressure had 40% fewer headaches. "This is a paradox," the lead researcher told WebMD. One possibility is that high blood pressure interferes... More »

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