Migraines May Boost Memory
U.S. researchers have found that women with a history of migraines had less cognitive decline as they aged than women who didn't have the debilitating headaches.
"This was a complete surprise," noted study author Amanda Kalaydjian, a research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health. "We found that people with migraines, specifically people with migraines with aura -- which is even more counterintuitive -- didn't even decline over time at all."
Kalaydjian's team published its finding in the April 24 issue of Neurology. Her research was conducted while a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
a This news seems to reinforce what previous studies have found:
Migraines Risk Factor for Heart Attack
A new study shows in men what earlier studies showed in women: People who get migraines are at higher risk of heart attack and stroke than are people who don't get migraines.
For women, the risk is confined to those who get migraines with aura, a before-headache phenomenon in which a person may see flashes of light or smell odd odors. That's probably true for men, too, says study researcher Tobias Kurth, MD, ScD, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, although the men's study was unable to address this issue.
a Relevant news if any of you, like me, take Zanaflex:
Important Changes in Zanaflex Labeling
a I was incredibly interested in the topic of this article. I have had major difficulties keeping myself on my anti-depressants, and I'm clearly not alone. It is a rather technical piece, but you might find it useful when discussing this issue with your spouse, family or friends.
Understanding Medication Discontinuation in Depression
Ashton and coworkers found that the most common reason for discontinuation was lack of efficacy (reported by 44%) in 210 patients who had been previously treated for depression. This appears to confirm the clinical impression that many patients intentionally stop antidepressants as soon as they can. However, many patients stop antidepressants intentionally when they start to feel better. In fact, 2 studies found that a third of patients stop within 3 months, citing feeling better as the reason, and 55% stop when feeling better within 6 months. Thus, both successful and unsuccessful treatment often lead to patient-initiated discontinuation.Technorati Tags: news, depression, treatments, migraines, chronic illness, health, somebody heal me