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Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
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Safe Toys for Dogs
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Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
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Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
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Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers
Flu Strikes a Milder Blow This Season
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
COSMETIC
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
DIABETES
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Eating in America Still Unhealthy
Many Kids Don't Need the Vitamins They're Taking
Milk Destroys Antioxidant Benefits in Blueberries
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
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Common Pesticide Tied to Development Delays in Kids
Small Doses of Carbon Monoxide Might Help Stroke Victims
Plastics Chemical Tied to Aggression in Young Girls
EYE CARE, VISION
Glaucoma Treatment Can Prevent Blindness
Protein Might One Day Prevent Blindness
When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes
FITNESS
Moderate Aerobic Exercise Lowers Diabetics' Liver Fat
When It Comes to Lifting, the Pros Have Your Back
Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Family Medicine Cabinet Top Source Of Kid's Poisonings
Stressed and Exhausted: An Introduction to Adrenal Fatigue
Sleep and Do Better
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
Ginkgo Won't Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
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Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
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Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Babies Cared For In Others Homes Might Become Heavy Toddlers
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
MEN'S HEALTH
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Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Countdown to Hair Loss
MENTAL HEALTH
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Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
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'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
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PREGNANCY
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
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For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
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Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
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Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
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Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
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Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks

TUESDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have migraines during pregnancy are 15 times more likely than other women to suffer a stroke, twice as likely to have heart disease and three times more likely to have blood clots and other vascular problems during pregnancy, says a U.S. study.

"Good prenatal care is essential. Women with persistent and severe migraine during pregnancy should be aware of their risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, history of blood clots, heart disease and prior stroke," the study's lead investigator, Dr. Cheryl Bushnell, a neurologist at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said in a Wake Forest news release. "There also seems to be a relationship between migraines and preeclampsia, one of the most common and dangerous complications of pregnancy."

The researchers also found that women 35 years and older were more likely to have migraines during pregnancy. Women age 40 and older were 2.4 times more likely to have migraines than women younger than 20, and white women were more likely to have them than women of any other race or ethnicity.

"Migraines, particularly those associated with an aura or visual changes around the time of the headache, have been previously linked to stroke and heart disease in women," Bushnell said. "This study further validates the association between the two."

For the study, she and her colleagues analyzed data from 33,956 pregnant women diagnosed with migraine. The findings were published in this week's issue of BMJ.

As many as 26 percent of women of childbearing age experience migraines.

"While some women experience relief from migraine headaches while pregnant, others have migraines that are more frequent and severe," Bushnell said. "The reasons these severe migraines are associated with stroke and vascular disease is not clear, but it may be that some women do not compensate as well for the increased vascular stresses of pregnancy, such as increased blood volume, stroke volume and heart rate."

"Regardless of the cause," she added, "active migraine during pregnancy should be viewed as a potential marker of vascular disease."

More information

The U.S. National Women's Health Information Center has more about migraine.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, news release, March 11, 2009; BMJ, news release, March 11, 2009

Last Updated: March 11, 2009

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