Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts February 2001
Short Cuts:HEALTH BEAT
One in four women and 8 percent of men suffer from migraine
headaches, generally characterized by throbbing, one-sided pain in
the temple, forehead or eye, according to Headache.Net (www.headache.net).
Episodes might be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and aversions to
sound and light.
Because these are no ordinary headaches, simple aspirin might
not bring relief. Treatments fall into two categories: medicines
that stop an attack, and those that prevent one. Over-the-counter
drugs like Excedrin Migraine might ease mild to moderate symptoms.
For more serious attacks, prescription drugs known as triptans are
among the prevailing remedies; they block a chemical in the brain
called serotonin, which has been linked to migraine pain.
Preventive treatments include beta blockers, such as
propranolol, which slightly lower blood pressure. Finding the best
solution might require experimenting under a doctor’s care.
LOREN G. EDELSTEIN
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