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Fragmented Sleep Linked to Future Migraines, Study Says

March 3, 2020 | 4:28pm

Migraine sufferers are two to eight times more likely to suffer from sleep disturbances, and nearly half of migraineurs identify sleep deprivation as a trigger. Now, a new study published in the journal Neurology shows how fragmented sleep – the act of involuntarily waking up throughout the night – can trigger migraine headaches up to two days later. Investigators from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA conducted a prospective study of 98 adults who suffered from episodic migraines. For the study, participants were asked to log information on sleep, migraines, and other health behaviors in an electronic diary. In addition to self-reported data, researchers also analyzed data collected from a wrist actigraphy device. Over the course of six weeks, participants reported 870 headaches, with an average of 8.4 headaches per study volunteer. The average sleep duration was 7.7 hours. Surprisingly, the results of the study suggested that neither poor sleep quality (not resting during the night) nor short sleep duration (less than 6.5 hours) were associated with migraine...

The Coronavirus and How to Fortify Your Body Against It

March 21, 2020 | 12:01pm

The coronavirus has caused quite the scare recently.  News reports are constantly updating us on the spread of the virus and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is closely monitoring the situation as coronavirus has begun to spread between people in America. The first confirmed person to person spread of this virus was on January 30, 2020. Previously all confirmed U.S. cases had been associated with travel to China. Is the Panic Justified? As of today, over 339,059 people have been infected worldwide.  While it is concerning that there have been at least 14,700 deaths, the vast majority of cases have not been classified as severe.  The elderly are particularly vulnerable, as they often have weak immune systems.  Taking commonsense precautions such as handwashing and maintaining a strong immune system is very important. Building Your Immune System Becoming dehydrated weakens your immune system so be sure to drink plenty of water daily.  In addition, I suggest the following vitamins and herbs. Vitamin C - 2,000 mg/day Zinc  - 50 mg/day Vitamin A - 900 mcg/day...

Back Pain and Migraines More Likely to Occur Together, Study Says

January 30, 2020 | 2:53pm

Last year, a systematic review published by researchers at the University of Warwick found that there is an association between chronic low back pain and primary headache disorders, namely migraines and tension-type headaches. Migraines and chronic lower back pain are two of the most disabling conditions worldwide. Migraines affect more than 1 billion people globally, and low back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability. Both of these conditions are a significant socioeconomic burden, costing individuals and nations billions of dollars every year in healthcare expenditures and missed workdays. The systematic review, published by the Journal of Headache and Pain, included 14 research studies with a combined total of 460,435 participants. The results of the analysis showed a positive association between primary headache disorders and lower back pain. This association indicates that frequent back pain or chronic headaches are at least twice as likely to occur in the presence of the other. Healthcare providers have always treated low back pain and primary headaches as two separate conditions. There are many drugs and natural...

Why New Years Resolutions Fail. How to Stick to Your New Years Resolutions in 2020

December 30, 2019 | 10:42am

With the new year almost upon us, you probably have started to reflect back on this past year. Did you accomplish everything you set out to do? Were you able to follow through with any of your New Year's resolutions? Chances are that the answer is no. Studies have shown that while nearly half of Americans make New Year's resolutions, a whopping eighty percent abandons them during the first 30 days of the year. A mere eight percent of the population will actually continue to follow through with their end of the year promises. People have been making – and breaking – New Year’s resolutions for thousands of years. Archeological findings have shown that ancient Babylonians, who inhabited Mesopotamia nearly 4.000 years ago, celebrated the new year and made promises to the gods for the upcoming year. Ancient Romans made promises to Janus, the god of beginnings, and ancient Egyptians made sacrifices to Hapi, the god of the Nile river, at the beginning of their new year in July. There is a reason why setting...

Migraines and Hormones – Is there a connection?

December 12, 2019 | 11:05pm

If you are reading this, you or someone you know probably struggles with migraines. In fact, migraines are so prevalent that they affect nearly 40 million people in the United States and 1 billion worldwide – that’s an astonishing 14% of the entire world’s population! But even though migraines don't discriminate when it comes to age, race, or social status, there is a clear gender divide among migraineurs. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, 85 percent of all chronic migraine sufferers are women, and females also report having longer and more severe attacks than their male counterparts. But why are women three times more likely to experience these debilitating headaches – and most types of headaches for that matter – than men? In an interview with the Washington Post, Janine Clayton, director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), explains that “we don’t have the answer for why migraines are more common in women than men, but women are more susceptible to every pain condition than men.”...

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