Thursday, May 17, 2007

migraine news roundup 32

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a According to a study published in the journal Neurology, researchers have determined yet another dangerous health condition may be experienced more often by migraineurs than the general population.

History of Migraines Associated with Increased Risk of Retinopathy
Middle-aged men and women with a history of migraine and other headaches are more likely to have retinopathy, damage to the retina of the eye which can lead to severe vision problems or blindness, than those without a history of headaches, according to a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Twenty-two percent of the participants had a history of migraine or other headaches. Those with a history of headaches were slightly younger, more likely to be female, and more likely to be white than those without a history of headaches.

The study found people with headaches were between 1.3 and 1.5 times more likely to have retinopathy than those without headaches. Among participants who did not have a history of diabetes or hypertension, the association was stronger and limited to those with migraine headaches and other headaches with aura (visual disturbances).

Retinopathy is the leaking of fluid from the blood vessels into the eye. It is caused by damage to blood vessels of the retina, the light-sensitive outer layer of the eye. It can lead to blindness and is most often associated with diabetes or hypertension.

a A study published in the journal Headache indicates that yoga may be an effective tool for migraineurs.

Gentle yoga may aid migraine sufferers

A combination of yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation may help reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines, a new study suggests.

Researchers in India found that among 72 adults suffering from migraines, patients who were randomly assigned to take part in a yoga therapy program started having headaches less often and endured less pain with each migraine attack compared with the subjects assigned to a self-care group.

What's more, the pain relief brought considerable improvement in symptoms of anxiety and depression, according to the researchers, led by Dr. P.J. John of the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.

When I feel up to it, I find gentle stretching and yoga poses very effective in alleviating pain, tension and stress. I especially enjoy the Stress Relief Yoga DVD and Namaste Yoga on FitTV.

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