Wednesday, January 02, 2008

migraine news roundup 50


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Research indicates that trigger point injections can effectively reduce migraine pain.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Neck Jab Reduces Migraine Symptoms
The local treatment of trigger points can reduce the use of migraine drugs, and thus help prevent headaches caused by medication overuse, Dr. Maria Adele Giamberardino from "G. D'Annunzio" University, Chieti, told Reuters Health.

Omega 3s fatty acids, which have been shown to help treat and prevent depression, seem to be as accessible to the human body via capsule as by eating the fish itself.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Fish Oil Capsules Pack Same Omega-3 Punch as Fish
"We went into the project assuming that fish would be better, based on some previous literature from other people," Harris noted in an interview. Based on the current findings, he added, "it doesn't make any difference whether you get your omega 3 fatty acids from a concentrate in a capsule or in fish -- they have the same effect on enriching the tissues with omega 3."

Nevertheless, Harris said, he would encourage people to eat fish rather than relying on fish oil capsules. "Fish of course brings with it proteins and minerals and other factors that are good for our health that the capsules don't bring, but we weren't able to measure any of those things," he said.


It is perfectly obvious that constant worrying isn't a very pleasant way to live. Less obvious is the effect on your heart.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Neuroticism Hard on the Heart

While an increasing degree of neuroticism was tied to an increased risk of death from any cause, the relationship disappeared after the researchers adjusted for other relevant factors such as body weight, alcohol use, social class and education.

Risk of death from cardiovascular disease also climbed as a person's level of neuroticism rose, and the relationship remained significant after statistical adjustment.


The LA Times recently shared a brief note about an alternative option for managing joint pain.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Ketoprofen Gel Can Ease Joint Pain
Ketoprofen, like ibuprofen, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. You won't find this on the shelf in a chain store, but some pharmacists can compound this topical treatment without a prescription.

Putting the pain reliever on the joint minimizes side effects such as stomach irritation or elevated blood pressure. Many people find it helps reduce joint pain.

Congress recently passed a law that will lead to increased availability of the results of studies funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Congress Gives FDA a Raise, Sets Information Free


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