Tuesday, June 27, 2006

migraine news roundup 4

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Feverfew and white willow may be worth a try:

Traditional therapy combo good for migraines

Migraine frequency was reduced by 57.2 percent at 6 weeks and by 61.7 percent at 12 weeks in 9 of 10 patients. Seventy percent of the patients experienced a 50 percent or greater reduction in headache frequency.

Reductions in attack intensity of 38.7 and 62.6 percent were noted in 10 of 10 patients at 6 and 12 weeks, respectively.

Soy isn't often mentioned as a possible food trigger, but I have found that it is for me. Though we ordinarily seem to hear about how beneficial soy is for our health, you might be suprised at where soy is showing up in your diet and how it can affect you.

Soy much more: Think soy means only milk and burgers? Think again
People who suffer from migraines might have to be careful about highly processed (e.g. fermented or cultured) soy products, according to neurologist David Buchholz, in his book “Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain”.

Soy protein breaks down during the manufacturing process, resulting in the formation of MSG, a strong migraine trigger. Miso or tempeh bars are stronger triggers than less processed foods such as tofu and soy milk, but even unprocessed soybeans contain the compound tyramine, also a headache starter.

Could your cell phone help your migraine? It sounds out there, but it may be true.

Cell Phones Found to Activate Brain Areas

MONDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Cell phones appear to have a measurable physical impact on parts of your brain, new Italian research contends.

Such an impact could possibly help if you suffer from migraines or other neurological disorders, the authors of a study published in the August issue of Annals of Neurology suggest.

And it could hurt if you have epilepsy or a brain disease.

Either way, the researchers and other experts caution, much more research needs to be done before any definitive conclusions can be drawn.

The researchers from Fatebenefratelli Hospital in Isola Tiberina, found that the electromagnetic field (EMF) emitted by cell phones can cause some cells in the brain's cortex adjacent to the side of phone use to become excited, while others become inhibited.

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