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Exercise program may help migraine sufferers

While physical exercise has been shown to trigger migraine headaches among sufferers, a new study published in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain describes an exercise program that is well tolerated by patients. The findings show that the program decreased the frequency of headaches and improved quality of life.

The study used a sample of migraine sufferers who were examined before, during and after an aerobic exercise intervention. The program was based on indoor cycling (for continuous aerobic exercise) and was designed to improve maximal oxygen uptake without worsening the patients’ migraines.

After the treatment period, patients’ maximum oxygen uptake increased significantly. There was no worsening of migraine status at any time during the study period and, during the last month of treatment, there was a significant decrease in the number of migraine attacks, the number of days with migraine per month, headache intensity and amount of headache medication used.

An abstract of the publication can be found at the Wiley InterScience website. More about this in the video below by Dr. Rhonda Low from CTV:

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Rising temperatures increase the risk of migraine

A recent study published in the journal of Neurology showed that rising temperatures increase the risks of migraines. The study, led by researchers from Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard School of Public Health, spanned over seven years and looked at 7,054 people suffering from migraines and headaches so bad they had to visit an emergency clinic. Those visits were matched with weather and air pollution information.

The study showed that every 5°C increase in temperature led to a 7.5% increase in headaches. It also found that changes in barometric pressure had much less of an effect, and that there was no evidence that pollution played a role. The researchers don’t know what it is about the rising temperatures that trigger severe headaches.

Dr. Marla Shapiro explains the study more in the interview below:

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